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.
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