Tibet, Tsangnyon Heruka (1)

Mahasiddha Tsang Nyon Heruka, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

16th century, Tibet, Tsang Nyon Heruka, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

The ‘mad man of Tsang’ is seated on an animal skin and a human hide over a double-lotus base, his legs loosely gathered before him. He holds a flaming jewel in his right hand and a vajra in the other. He has a tall plaited chignon (jatamukata), frowning eyebrows, a small moustache, and wears plain jewellery and a Chinese-style cross belt (which, along with the style of the lotus base, helps date the piece).

Same as above, private collection.

Same as above, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

The Tibetan teacher holds a skull cup in his left hand and a ritual staff (khatvanga) is leaning against his arm. He wears beaded jewellery, a goatee, and a meditation belt.

Same as above, photo by Sotheby's

Same as above, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s

Still holding a vajra in his right hand, he has a skull cup in his left hand topped with what may be a flaming jewel. There is a large flower at the centre of his cross belt. His eyes are inlaid with silver. He has a small moustache and goatee and a raised urna on his forehead.

16th century, Tibet, Tsang Nyon Heruka, gilt copper alloy with pigment and stone inlay, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

16th century, Tibet, Tsang Nyon Heruka, gilt copper alloy with pigment and stone inlay, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

On this Nepalese-style sculpture, Tsangnyon (or Tsang Nyon) Heruka has a pointed flaming halo attached to the top of his back.

Mahasiddha Tsang Nyon Heruka, 16th c., Tibet, gilt c.a.+pig., close up

He sits on a tiger or leopard skin over a very ornate double-lotus base with an inscripton on the front and is adorned with stone-inlaid jewellery, a sash and a cross belt. He has thin frowning eyebrows and a thin moustache. There is a skull cup with a set of three flaming jewels (triratna) in his left hand and a vajra in the other.

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