Description An inscription on the base of this sculpture identifies the figure as Jampa Karma Dargyay and tells us that a mother and son commissioned the idealized portrait. Although Jampa Karma Dargyay is not known from other historical sources, his portrayal here indicates that he was a lama, a revered teacher of Tibetan Buddhism. Dressed in an elaborate robe and a hat that associates him with the Sakya monastic tradition, he makes the gesture of teaching with his right hand and holds a book with his left hand. The auspcious mark between his eyebrows, called an "urna," draws attention to the intense gaze of his silver-lined eyes. The materials and craftsmanship must have pleased the patrons of this image, for the inscription draws attention to the sculpture's "most amazing ingredients and skilled artistry."
- Desire and Devotion: Art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong. 2001-2003.
Provenance Koller Auction Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland; purchased by John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore, November 1995; given to Walters Art Museum, 2014.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2014
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