Lama, possibly the Second Khalka Jetsun Dampa

Historical period(s)
mid 18th-early 19th century
Gilt copper, pigment, and wood
H x W x D: 72.5 × 45.8 × 27 cm (28 9/16 × 18 1/16 × 10 5/8 in)
Mongolia, Dolonnor
Credit Line
The Alice S. Kandell Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Sackler Gallery 26a: The Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room
Metalwork, Sculpture


Alice S. Kandell Collection, Buddhism, lama, Mongolia
Provenance research underway.

This large portrait sculpture may depict Lobsang Tenpay Dronmey, a Buddhist abbot with an overbite.  He was the second leader (Jetsun Dampa) in the Khalka Mongolian reincarnation lineage. The Khalka Jetsun Dampas were spiritual and secular leaders who built monasteries in Outer and Inner Mongolia, Buryatia and the Kalmyk regions of Russia. Lobsang Tenpay Dronmey was also the head of one of the Khalka tribes of Outer Mongolia. Among his teachers were Rolway Dorje.

Published References
  • Marylin M. Rhie, Robert A.F. Thurman. A Shrine for Tibet: The Alice S. Kandell Collection. New York and London. II-19, 134-135.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
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