Gilt copper portrait of the Fourteenth Abbot of Ganden, Rin chen ‘od zer (1453-1540)
Circa. 1525-1540, Tibet
Height: 27.5 cm, 10.8 inches
According to the inscription carved on the base of the statue, this portrait represents the monk Rin chen ‘od zer. The statue is a hollow cast with an incised double vajra on the sealing plate. He is seated in the lotus position, his hands in forming the gesture of teaching dharmacakra . The multiple floral and geometric scrolls of the robes are very delicately modelled with the designs in very minute scale, clinging to his body. The face is very stark and the lean body is seated in attentive meditation pose.