Tibet, Ngor Monastery, 1482-1484
20 cm (7.8 in)
Julien Sherrier Collection, London, formed between early 1940s-1972
Palden Dorje was abbot of Ngor Monastery from 1478 until his death in 1482. Ngor is a subbranch of the Sakya school and its primary seat is located about 12 km south of Shigatse. Ngor is well known to have commissioned some of the finest works of art ever produced in Tibet and for the employment of the most skilled Newar artists from the Kathmandu Valley.
Palden Dorje is portrayed here in the robes of a fully ordained monk while clasping a mala or meditation beads in his hands. This most significant aspect of this statue is the long inscription in verso providing us with the names of teacher and student and thus a probable date of creation.
The first four lines are in praise of Palden Dorje:
"Lord of Dharma,
Glorious Protector of beings,
possessing the nature of innumerable qualities,
with the formless body of powerful Vajradhara;
to Palden Dorje I bow."
The last four lines refer to Palden Dorje in relation to the student, Kunga Chogden:
"to the Dharma Lord who bestows the three [Buddhist] vows,
the teacher unequalled in kindness;
please bless the body, speech and mind of me,
Kunga Chogden likely commissioned this statue sometime soon after the death of his teacher in 1482, likely within two years, as an act of devotion.
西藏，俄尔寺，1482-1484 20厘米（7.8 英寸） 伦敦Julien Sherrier收藏，形成于二十世纪四十年代早期至1972年