Tibet, Tsang Nyon Heruka (3)

16th century, Tibet, Tsang Nyon Heruka, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie's

16th century, Tibet, Tsang Nyon Heruka, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s

This is a standard yet remarkable portrait of the Tibetan teacher. He is depicted with a mahasiddha appearance, seated with his legs loosely folded, on an animal skin (tiger rather than deer, in this case) over a lotus base, a vajra in his right hand, a skull cup in the other, a ritual staff (khatvanga) leaning against his shoulder, adorned with bone jewellery, a cross belt, his hair piled up in a sort of chignon. He has a moustache and goatee, and a large raised urna. The high standard of craftsmanship, the harmonious proportions, the smoothness of the contours and the elegance of the facial features are all worth noting.

17th century, Tibet, copper alloy with silver inlay, private collection, photo by Christie's.

17th century, Tibet, copper alloy with silver inlay, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

We see him here seated on a deer skin, the legs of the animals dangling at the front, over a single-lotus base with petals going downwards, vajra and skull cup in hand, his long matted hair piled up in a tripartite chignon, clad in a tiger skin loin cloth.

Tsang Nyon Heruka, 17th c., Tibet, c.a., tiger skin dhoti, detail silver-inlaid features

His eyes, moustache and goatee have been inlaid with silver. We will note the frowning eyebrows and the large eyes with a fixed stare.

17th century, Tibet, Tsang Nyon Heruka, brass, private collection, photo by Christie's

17th century, Tibet, Tsang Nyon Heruka, brass, private collection, photo by Christie’s

This time, he is seated on a tiger skin and a human hide. The skull cup contains a flaming jewel.

Undated, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources

Undated (16th century circa?), Tibet, copper alloy and pigment, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Tsang Nyon Heruka, undated, Tibet, c.a.+pig., close up

Here he is seated on a deer skin. His chignon is topped with a half-vajra.

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