University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: A1122
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Tibetan
Tibetan Buddhist
Provenience: Tibet
Date Made: 18th Century
Early Date: 1700
Late Date: 1799
Section:Asian
Materials:Copper Alloy
Brass
Silver
Iconography:Lama
Gyalwa Lopzang Takpa
Tsongkhapa
Amitabha Buddha
Dharmacaka Mudra
Credit Line:Purchased from Alexander Scott, 1914
Other NumberGETZ 174 - Other Number

Description

Brass sculpture of head Lama surrounded by four Lamas.The specific identification of the central figure is unclear, but he possibly represents a famous abbot from a large monastery. Possibly Gyalwa Lopzang Takpa and his tutelar guardian angels or Tsongkhapa (who formed yellow cap sect and is considered an incarnation of Manjusri). His hands are in the dharmacaka mudra, the mudra of preaching. The Amitabha Buddha with two attendants seated at the top of the halo probably symbolizes the source of this lama's inspiration. Silver base with two seated figures. Inscription on the back.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Exhibition of the Art of the Far East ( Dec 1914)View Objects in Exhibition
Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition (12 Dec 1985 - 21 Oct 2012)View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Article] Scott, Alexander. 1914. "The Alexander Scott Collection". The Museum Journal. 5 (2): 55-114. : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 82View Objects cited in this Publication
[Catalogue, Exhibition] University of Pennsylvania. 1914. Catalogue of an Exhibition of the Art of the Far East. : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 36 No. 23View Objects cited in this Publication

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