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    Sale 2112

    The Scholar's Vision: The Pal Family Collection

    20 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 430

    A polychromed terracotta tsa tsa of Lama Namkha Gyaltsen

    TIBET, 18TH CENTURY

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    A polychromed terracotta tsa tsa of Lama Namkha Gyaltsen
    Tibet, 18th century
    The lama seated on a pillow with arched backplate, with original polychromy and an inscription below reading, "Homage to the greatly accomplished one of Lhodrag Namkha Gyaltsen!"
    7 in. (17.7 cm.) high


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    Namkha Gyaltsen (1326-1401) was a Kadam/Nyingma teacher of Tsongkhapa, founder of the Gelugpa School. It was Namkha Gyaltsen that first started the belief that Tsongkhapa was an emanation of the bodhisattva Manjushri. Various meditation traditions begun by Namkha Gyaltsen are still practiced today.

    It was also said by Tsongkhapa that Namkha Gyaltsen was an emanation of the bodhisattva Vajrapani. This clay figure is in a posture similar to the wrathful form of Vajrapani, where he holds the vajra in the raised hand and the bell turned towards the hip in the left hand.