Tibet, Mahasiddha Saraha

15th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha Saraha, copper alloy with cold gold and pigments, at the Musée Guimet (Paris, France).

15th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha Saraha, copper alloy with cold gold and pigments, at the Musée Guimet (Paris, France).

The mahasiddha is seated on an antelope skin over a single-lotus base with fat petals and thick beading, his right hand doing the vitarka mudra, the other open to hold a (missing) arrow. He wears a floral tiara, a Chinese-style celestial scarf that swirls around his arms, a cross-belt with a flower, some jewellery and a short dhoti knotted around his waist. He has a small moustache and a low beard, his eyebrows meet almost horizontally, his face is painted with cold gold.

Same as before, dated 15th-16th century.

Same as before, dated 15th-16th century.

Somewhat older and with more facial hair, Saraha wears a five-skull crown and his chignon is topped with a skull ornament.

16th century, Central Tibet, Mahasiddha Saraha, silver, at the Nelson Atkins Museum (USA).

16th century, Central Tibet, Mahasiddha Saraha, silver with turquoise inlay, at the Nelson Atkins Museum (USA).

His celestial scarf acts as an arch behind him. He wears a loin cloth, a Chinese-style cross-belt, beaded (bone) jewellery…

Mahasiddha Saraha, Central Tibet, 16th c., silver+turq. inlay, 19,37 cm, close up

…  a skull crown with side bows and flowing ribbons, some beading over his forehead, a jewel on top of his chignon.

Undated (possibly 15th century), Tibet, Mahasiddha Saraha, gilt copper alloy and stone inlay, at the Capital Museum in Beijing.

Undated, Tibet, Mahasiddha Saraha, gilt copper alloy and stone inlay, at the Capital Museum in Beijing.

On this more modern work we can see the arrow in his hands.

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