From the cut and overall shape of his upper robes he may
well belong to the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
The size and style of the lotus base with its narrow waist,
generous petals and unachieved rear, suggests that a Newar
from Kathmandu had been the image maker. This style, so
popular in Nepal in the 14-15th cent became all the rage
in Tibet in the 14-15th cent and slightly thereafter. Taranatha
in his large Autobiography refers several times to Newar
casters in southern Tibet in the period 1600-1620 and the
images they made, he says, were equal in quality to those
from India in the Pala period.