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A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF SACHEN KUNGA NYINGPO
TIBETO-CHINESE, 16TH / 17TH CENTURY
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321
A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF SACHEN KUNGA NYINGPO
TIBETO-CHINESE, 16TH / 17TH CENTURY
Estimate
40,00060,000
JUMP TO LOT

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A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF SACHEN KUNGA NYINGPO
TIBETO-CHINESE, 16TH / 17TH CENTURY
the Sakya lineage holder seated in vajraparyankasana, the proper left hand raised in vitarka mudra, the end of a lotus stem wrapped around the palm and curling around the forearm supporting a blossom and scrolled leaves against the left shoulder, the right hand lowered in varada mudra, each palm incised with a dharmacakra, the lama with a semi-balding pate and noble, furrowed brow, the body clothed in floral-bordered garments with a robe belted and tied around the portly waist and an outer robe draped down the back in pleats and long, even folds, all raised on a double-lotus base
Height 8 1/2  in., 21.6 cm
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Provenance

San Francisco Private Collection, by repute.
Acquired by the present owner circa 1990.

Catalogue Note

Sachen Kunga Nyingpo (1092-1158), was the son of the founder of the Sakya monastery, and the third throne holder of the Sakya tradition. He was considered an emanation of Avalokiteshvara, and is commonly depicted with a lotus flower extending from the raised proper left hand, and a semi-bald head, as in the present example. A rare thangka portrait of Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, from Ngor Monastery, Central Tibet, inscribed with dedication to ‘Sakyapa Kunga Nyingpo’ and attributed to circa 1600, illustrated in Gilles Béguin, Dieux du Tibet, Suilly-la-Tour, 2018, p. 181, and sold in these rooms 20th March 2013, lot 238, shows the Sakya patriarch with the same characteristic hair, mudra, garments, and lotus flower. Three related copper alloy figures attributed to the 15th-16th centuries are illustrated in Donald Dinwiddie, Portraits of the Masters, Chicago, 2003, pls 60-62.

This titan of the Sakya tradition was a scholar whose work contributed profoundly to the school’s teachings of Cakrasamvara and of the Lamdre ‘Path with the Result’ instruction. Under the tutelage of Lama Shangton Chobar, Sachen Kunga Nyingpo received the Lamdre oral instructions and integrated this practice into the Sakya tradition. Henceforth the Lamdre teachings have become a Sakya hallmark and specialization. Sachen also wrote many well-known treatises and commentaries on Sakya lineage texts, and was celebrated for his accomplishments in learning and realization. He devoted his life to study, intensive meditation retreats, and the transmission of the tantrayana teachings to his many worthy disciples, including his sons Sonam Tsemo and Drakpa Gyaltsen, who would become the next generation of Sakya patriarchs and tridzins.

Bodies of Infinite Light Featuring an Important Collection of Buddhist Figures Formerly in the Collection of the Chang Foundation

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New York