16th century, Tibet, Tsang Nyon Heruka, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s.
The ‘mad man of Tsang’ is seated on a deer skin over a double-lotus base, his legs loosely folded before him. He holds a skull cup in his left hand at heart level and brandishes a thunderbolt in the other His hair is adorned with a large flower at the front. He wears jewellery, a cross belt, and a bone apron.
His eyes are inlaid with silver and his lips with copper. He has frowning brows, a thin moustache and a goatee.
We see him here with the same attributes but a different headdress.
On this masterwork, he has silver-inlaid eyes and a large silver-inlaid urna, no jewellery or cross belt, his chignon is divided in three parts, his garments cover most of his body.
The Tibetan teacher is seated on an animal skin over a single-lotus base, with leaves of an unusual design going upwards and an inscription below, holding a long life vase in his left hand, a ritual staff propped against his arm, brandishing a vajra in the other hand. He is adorned with beaded and plain jewellery, a Chinese-style cross belt, a large flower in his headdress.