Tangtong Gyapo

painted clay
Tibet, 19th cent.
high: 10 cm.

Tangtong Gyapo, the famous bridge-builder, composer of opera-music and writer of medical treatises, lived in the 15th cent. He is recognisable by the iron chain in his right hand and the typical pointed beard. Although very famous in Tibet, not so often depicted and rarely seen on tsatsas.

 

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