Tibet, Mahasiddha Kukkuripa

 

This mahasiddha is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog (he is said to have taken care of a sick dog out of compassion while he was living in a cave to practice meditation).

16th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha Kukuripa, ivory, published on

16th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha Kukuripa, ivory, published on enseercn.com

He sits on a tiger skin over a single-lotus base. His hair is rolled and fastened with a headband adorned with a small skull. He wears some jewellery including earplugs and has a low beard (along the jaw line).

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

17th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha Kukkuripa, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

On this Nepalese-style sculpture, his long matted hair is piled up into a conical chignon and adorned with a five-skull crown with side bows. His short dhoti is held in place with a belt. His elongated ear lobes are adorned with large earrings and his body is adorned with beaded (human bone) jewellery and a cross belt. He holds a skull cup in his right hand.

 

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