Tibet, various mahasiddhas (3)

14th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha, brass, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

14th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha, brass, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

This sculpture, probably made by an Indian artist, depicts a mahasiddha with no facial hair or urna, adorned with jewellery and bone ormaments, his left hand calling the Earth to witness, his right hand in vitarka mudra.

Mahasiddha, Tibet, 14th c., brass, 17 cm, close up

His face is painted with cold gold and pigments, the hair with lapis lazuli powder and adorned with a five-skull tiara with side bows, his Pala-style chignon topped with a lotus bud finial.

Same as before.

Same as before.

Obviously made in the same workshop, this mahasiddha holds a skull cup filled with blood in his left hand.

Mahasiddha, Tibet, 14th c., brass, 20,5 cm, close up

He does the tarjani mudra (or karana mudra) with his right hand.

Same as before.

Same as before.

On this sculpture, the facial features are painted – in the Tibetan fashion with cold gold and pigments – to give the mahasiddha a ferocious appearance.

Mahasiddha, Tibet, 14th c., brass, 20 cm, back

He wears nothing but spiral-shaped earrings. His hair is gathered in a top knot and dyed with lapis lazuli powder.

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