Bronze, fire-gilding; measurements: 30 cm x 20 cm x 15 cm; loan from a private collection
Thangtong Gyalpo (1385-1464) taught in monasteries of all of Tibetan schools. He has been venerated for his anti-sectarian attitude. A lot of what he handed on to his numerous disciples, he had learned from deities in visions. Thangtong Gyalpo is seen as saintly builder of the iron-chain bridges in Bhutan, which is indicated by a few chain links in his left hand.
Several disciples are allocated to a teacher who guides them on their spiritual path.
Photo by Robert Dompnier