Tibet, Mahasiddhas with drum

14th century circa, Tibet, Mahasiddha Damarupa, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie's.

15th-16th century circa, Tibet, Mahasiddha Maitripa, copper alloy with silver-inlaid eyes, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

The mahasiddha is seated on an antelope skin on a Pala-style base with a long-stemmed lotus on one side.

Mahasiddha Damarupa, Tibet, 14th c. cir., close up

He holds a bell (ghanta) in his left hand and a double-sided drum (damaru) in the other. His hair is tied in a chignon, and adorned with a small tiara. He wears some jewellery with a flower motif, an incised sash, a cross belt,  a dhoti that covers his legs and part of the lotus base. The artist has incised the abdomen with a half spiral to mark the navel.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha Damarupa, copper alloy, published on

15th-16th century (or later copy?), Tibet, Mahasiddha Damarupa, copper alloy with silver and copper inlay, published on en.seercn.com

17th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha Damarupa, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie's.

17th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha Damarupa, copper alloy and cold gold, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Damarupa holds a damaru (double-sided drum) and a skull cup. He wears a short dhoti and a thin celestial scarf.

Mahasiddha Damarupa, Tibet, 17th c., close up

His jewellery and his eyes are inlaid with turquoise and his face painted with cold gold. His chignon is fastened with a turquoise-inlaid headband.

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