Tibet, Mahasiddha Avadhutipa (2)

16th century, Tibet, Avadhutipa, gilt copper alloy and stones, private collection, photo by Sotheby's.

16th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha Avadhutipa, gilt copper alloy and stones, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

The Indian adept is seated on an antelope skin, naked, his legs loosely folded, over a single-lotus base. He wears bone ornaments, including bracelets, armbands, anklets, a necklace and a cross belt inlaid with stones (many missing) and coral. With his left hand he does the gesture of consciousness (chin mudra).

15th-16th century, Tibet, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie's.

15th-16th century, Tibet, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Avadhutipa is depicted here with a moustache and beard, his hair tied in a chignon, a celestial scarf acting as an arch behind him and forming a loop at elbow level. He wears a short dhoti and a cross belt, some jewellery with a flower motif. There is an inscription on the plain part of the lotus base.

 

 

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