14 September 2010
Property from the Collection of Dr. Detlef I. Lauf
A bronze figure of the Second Karmapa
Tibet, circa 16th century
Seated in dhyanasana on a double-lotus base with beaded rims and hands resting on his knees, wearing thick inner and outer robes with the borders incised and inlaid with copper, his meditative face with heavy-lidded eyes and goatee surmounted by his distinctive hat, with cold gold remaining on the face and neck and an inscription on the verso
4¾ in. (12.1 cm.) high
Private Collection, Switzerland, acquired in 1971
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The inscription translates to "The greatly accomplished Karma Pakshi, Teacher of Dharma." Karma Pakshi lived 1203-1283.
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