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Portrait of Phagmo Drupa Dorje Gyalpo (1110–1170)

Portrait of Phagmo Drupa Dorje Gyalpo (1110–1170)

Overall: 13.5 x 12 x 8.5 cm (5 5/16 x 4 3/4 x 3 3/8 in.); Base: 8 x 19 x 14 cm (3 1/8 x 7 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.)
Location: 237 Himalayan


This portrait statue depicts the first monastic leader of the prominent Buddhist monastery of Densatil, an influential early leader of the Tibetan Buddhist monastic order called Kagyu, famous for his views on the importance of meditation. He sits on a lotus pedestal and lion throne, like a Buddha, and his hand positions (mudras) communicate that meditation leads to enlightenment.
  • ?-1993
    (David Tremayne, Ltd., London, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art)
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • "1993 Annual Report." The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 81, no. 6 (1994): 143-218. Reproduced: p. 157; Mentioned: p. 158
    Huntington, John C., Dina Bangdel, and Robert A. F. Thurman. The Circle of Bliss: Buddhist Meditational Art. Chicago: Serindia Publications, 2003. Mentioned and Reproduced: cat. no. 35, pp. 160-162
    Rossi & Rossi Ltd, and Eti Bonn-Muller. Classical Selection 2014. London: Rossi & Rossi Ltd, 2014. Mentioned: P. 42
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