Lama, possibly the Second Khalka Jetsun Dampa

Historical period(s)
mid 18th-early 19th century
Gilt copper, pigment, and wood
H x W x D: 72.5 × 45.8 × 27 cm (28 9/16 × 18 1/16 × 10 5/8 in)
Mongolia, Dolonnor
Credit Line
The Alice S. Kandell Collection
Alice S. Kandell Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Sackler Gallery 22: Encountering the Buddha
Metalwork, Sculpture


Alice S. Kandell Collection, Buddhism, lama, Mongolia
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Alice S. Kandell


This large portrait sculpture may depict Lobsang Tenpay Dronmey, a Buddhist abbot with an overbite. He was the second leader (Jetsun Dampa) in the Khalka Mongolian reincarnation lineage. The Khalka Jetsun Dampas were spiritual and secular leaders who built monasteries in Outer and Inner Mongolia, Buryatia and the Kalmyk regions of Russia. Lobsang Tenpay Dronmey was also the head of one of the Khalka tribes of Outer Mongolia. Among his teachers were Rolway Dorje.

Published References
  • Marylin M. Rhie Robert A.F. Thurman. A Shrine for Tibet: The Alice S. Kandell Collection. New York and London. II-19, 134-135.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
Google Cultural Institute
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