Roundel with Karma Lineage


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 253

The monks depicted here are dressed in the robes of the Karma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, and the central figure likely represents Mikyo Dorje (1500–1599), the eighth head of that lineage. The other seven monks represent earlier incarnations of him, including Marpa (1012–1098) and Milarepa (1040–1123). Vajradhara presides above, and Mahakala, the order’s great protector, stands below.

Roundel with Karma Lineage, Ivory, Tibet

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