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PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE FLORIDA COLLECTOR

A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF A SHAMARPA Tibet, 17th Century
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 32,500 USD
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PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE FLORIDA COLLECTOR

A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF A SHAMARPA Tibet, 17th Century
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 32,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Works of Art Including Property from The Cleveland Museum of Art

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A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF A SHAMARPA Tibet, 17th Century
Himalayan Art Resources item no. 13395.
Height: 6  3/4  in. (17.2 cm)
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Provenance

Acquired privately in Nepal while the current owner was stationed in the Peace Corps, 1966. 

Catalogue Note

The Shamar or Red Hat lineage holders can be identified by their double-peaked red caps, from which they derive their namesake. These caps were originally made as a replica of the Black Hats traditionally worn by the Karmapa lineage holders.

Red polychrome is still visible on the current work, in the crevices of the cap, further confirming the identification. The front of the cap is ornamented with a triple-gem motif, with cloud motif scrolling along either side.

Portraits of the Shamarpas are very often portraits of the original figures. By comparing the unique physiognomy -- the high cheekbones, pointed chin and prominent ears -- with another gilt-bronze Shamarpa identified by inscription in the collection of the Rubin Museum of Art, it is possible that the current work represents the fifth Shamarpa Konchog Yanlag; see Himalayan Art Resources item no. 65561. 

For further reading on the Shamar lineage, see lot 221, a rare silver alloy figure depicting the sixth Shamarpa, Chökyi Wangchuk. 

Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Works of Art Including Property from The Cleveland Museum of Art

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