- Provenance information is currently unavailable
- Previous Owner(s)
Alice S. Kandell
Because he holds a skull staff (khatvanga), this image represents a lama in his tantric aspect. It may depict Rolway Dorje (1717-86), an adept of the Chakrasamvara Mother Tantra and other Tantras, who was well respected in Inner Mongolia.
With his wide-open eyes, chubby cheeks, and wonderfully blossoming lotuses, this lama portrait sculpture is unusually charming. The floral branch, which is painted in red and green on its verso as is typical of Mongolian work, and the khatvanga staff may be later additions.
- Published References
- Marylin M. Rhie Robert A.F. Thurman. A Shrine for Tibet: The Alice S. Kandell Collection. New York and London. II-18, 132-133.
- Collection Area(s)
- South Asian and Himalayan Art
- Rights Statement
Copyright with museum