The rectangular base, as opposed to a lotus base, suggests that the sculpture was likely made during the monk's lifetime. The posture however, does not fit the iconographic conventions to a specific Karmapa. Other depictions of Karmapas are illustrated in Portraits of the Masters: Bronze Sculptures of Tibetan Buddhist Lineages, D. Dinwiddie (ed.), 2003, pp. 165-172, cat. nos. 30-33. The gilt figures have a similar quality of incised line and manner of drapery. The present sculpture may be a depiction of Wangchuk Dorje, the 9th Karmapa (1555-1603). See Portraits, p. 170, cat. no. 32, which shows the 9th Karmapa also holding a longevity vase, though his right hand is performing vitarka mudra.