Provenance: Czech private collection.
Condition: Massive wear with only little of the original gilding left. Strong patina with several dark spots. Remnants of old cold painting. Minor casting flaws, nicks and dents. The sealing plate has been trimmed and may possibly be a later addition but is certainly also of a high age. The original sacrifices inside are still in place.
Weight: 443.3 grams.
Dimensions: Height 12.5 cm.
Jetsun Dragpa Gyaltsen (1147-1216) of the aristocratic Khon family was the third Sakya Jetsun Gongma Nga, the men who were credited with founding the Sakya order. He was also the fifth Sakya Tridzin or throne holder for forty-three years and effectively headed the monastery for fifty-seven years, from age thirteen until his death at nearly seventy. Despite the great wealth that passed through his hands as the Sakya throne holder, his biographers claim that he did not accumulate material wealth and when he passed away, he possessed only his robe and a meditation cushion.
For another closely related sculpture of Dragpa Gyaltsen in similar pose see Himalayan Art Resources, item no. 16279.