Tibet, various mahasiddhas (2)

15th-16th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Rossi & Rossi.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Rossi & Rossi.

Like Virupa and a few others, this mahasiddha is depicted as a well-nourished man. He holds a skull cup in his left hand and does the abhaya mudra (fear-alleying) with the other. His eyes are inlaid with silver, he is adorned with large spiral earrings, a floral tiara, a cross-belt, and wears a garment that covers his shoulders, back and legs (which is an unusual feature).

15th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha, copper alloy, at the Musée Guimet in Paris (France).

15th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha, copper alloy, at the Musée Guimet in Paris (France), published on Himalayan Art Resources.

This one has a celestial scarf wound around his arms and a festooned belt to hold his lower garment. He holds a skull cup in his left hand and does the varada mudra (generosity) with the other. He  sits with his legs loosely folded, on a double-lotus base over a throne decorated with an elephant at the centre and viyalas on each side.

15th century, Central Tibet, Mahasiddha, copper alloy, private collection, publishes on Himalayan Art Resources.

15th century, Central Tibet, Tsang province, Mahasiddha, copper alloy, private collection, publishes on Himalayan Art Resources.

We saw in a previous post similar sculptures made in Central Tibet of mahasiddha Virupa seated in this yogic position. Like Virupa, this mahasiddha does the dharmacakra mudra with his hands. He is seated on an antelope skin over a double-lotus base, adorned with a garland of flowers and matching jewellery.

Mahasiddha, Central Tibet, 15th-16th c., c.a., Tsang, close up

He has strong facial features, a small moustache and a jawline beard, his ears are adorned with large spiral earrings.

 

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