Matthew Barton Ltd European & Asia Works of Art - Day 1 - Wednesday 24th May 2017
A GILT BRONZE FIGURE OF TSONG KA PA, TIBET, 18TH/19TH CENTURY seated on a double lotus throne, his
hands in dharmacakra mudra, a sword and book resting on lotuses by each shoulder, wearing voluminous robes and abbot's cap 13.5cm high Tsong Ka Pa (1357-1419) is one of the greatest religious teachers and philosophers in Tibetan history. He created a new school of Buddhism known as Gulugpa or Yellow Hat School. This was to become dominant, and its senior abbots, given the title Dalai Lama, became the spiritual and secular rulers of Tibet. Tsong Ka Pa is believed to be an incarnation of Manjusri the Bodhisattva of wisdom.