Tibet, Mahasiddha Tilopa

16th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha Tilopa, gilt metal with cold gold and pigments, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

16th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha Tilopa, gilt metal with pigments and stone inlay, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

This work is very similar in style to a sculpture of Naropa published in a previous post.

Mahasiddha Tilopa, 16th c., Tibet, gilt metal, gTsug Lakhang, fish in left hand

Tilopa is identified through the fish he holds in his left hand. The right hand does the vitarka mudra (debate, teaching). He is seated on an antelope skin over a double-lotus base with large petals. He wears a short dhoti, some jewellery and a Chinese-style cross-belt with a flower. There is a large container with a lid to his left.

16th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha Tilopa, gilt metal with cold gold and pigments, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

16th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha Tilopa, gilt metal with cold gold and pigments, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

Seated on a single-lotus base with broad petals, dressed in a short dhoti incised with a floral motif, adorned with a five-skull crown, a cross-belt and bone jewellery, tilopa holds a skull cup in his left hand

Mahasiddha Tilopa, Tibet, 17th c., gilt c.a., Kagyu, 13,34 cm, fish

and a fish in his raised (right) hand. An inscription on the lotus base confirms that this is Tilopa.

18th century circa, Tibet, Mahasiddha Tilopa, gilt copper, is or was at the Jokhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

Labelled 18th century circa (could be earlier), Tibet, Mahasiddha Tilopa, gilt copper, is or was at the Jokhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

Seated on a deer skin over a 16th century-style double-lotus base with broad petals, the mahasiddha holds a fish in his right hand and does the teaching/debate gesture with the left one. He wears a short dhoti, a cross-belt, bone ornaments, a five-skull crowns held with ribbons, floral earrings. His face is painted with cold gold and pigments. He has a very thin moustache and goatee, frowning eyebrows and a wide gaze. An anti-clockwise spiral has been incised to mark the navel.

13th-14th century, Tibet, brass with silver and copper inlay, at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (UK).

13th-14th century, Tibet, brass with silver and copper inlay, at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (UK).

This minute (5 cm) Indian-style figure was probably designed for a portable shrine or as an amulet. Tilopa wears a long dhoti, large floral earrings and some silver-inlaid jewellery. There is a fish in his right hand and a small double-drum (damaru) in the other.

 

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