Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Teacher (Lama) - Karmapa 1, Dusum Kyenpa

བླ་མ། 喇嘛
(item no. 32735)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Karma (Kagyu) and Buddhist
Material Metal, Copper Inlay, Silver Inlay, Gold Inlay
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Monastic

Gender: Male

TBRC: P1400

Interpretation / Description

Dusum Kyenpa, 1st Karmapa (1110-1193). (See a short biography).

Dusum Khyenpa was the founder of the Karma (Kamtsang) branch of the Marpa Kagyu Lineage. He served as Abbot of Daglha Gampo monastery after Gampopa and founded Tsurphu monastery - becoming the seat of the incarnate Karmapa teaching line.

Kar ma pa Biographical Details

With an older appearance, furrowed brow, gray hair and beard, he performs the gesture of meditation in the lap with the right hand over the left. Attired in the robes of a fully ordained monk with the artist's addition of decoarative patterns made with copper, silver and gold inlay, he sits in vajra posture atop a single lotus blossom seat.

Jeff Watt 12-2013

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Sculpture: Portraits Page
Sculpture: Styles - Region & Artist
Tradition: Karma Kagyu Main Page
Incarnation Lineage: Gyalwa Karmapa Main Page
Teacher: Karmapa Dusum Khyenpa, 1st
Sculpture: Karma Garlug Style
Publication: The Art of Buddhist Sculpture