Tibet, various mahasiddhas (5)

16th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha, brass, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

16th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha, brass, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

This unidentified mahasiddha with an ascetic look holds a drum above head level in his left hand, his right hand does the fear-allaying gesture. He is resting on his right knee over an animal skin (antelope or deer) on a pedestal decorated with scrolls at the front. His hair is tied and topped with a half-vajra finial.

Mahasiddha, Tibet, 16th c., brass, 9,53 cm, pot

There is a large pot or urn by his side with a lotus-shaped base and lid.

Mahasiddha, Tibet, 16th c., brass, 9,53 cm, ribcage

He wears a loin cloth with an incised edge, bone ornaments and a cross-belt.

Undated (16th c?), same as before.

Undated (16th c?), same as before.

This very similar sculpture possibly comes from the same workshop.

Mahasiddha, Tibet, 16th c?, brass, J+B Ford col., close up

The emaciated face has been painted with cold gold and pigments, his hair is dyed red.

17th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha, brass, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (USA).

17th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha, brass, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (USA).

This small (11 cm) sculpture depicts a well-nourished mahasiddha (possibly Naropa) seated with his legs loosely folded and wearing a meditation belt incised with a design we have seen before on 16th century works. There is a human hide across his back, a vajra in his right hand and a skull cup with flaming jewels in the other. He is adorned with jewellery, bone ornaments, a Chinese-style cross-belt, a five-leaf crown with skulls, his long matted hair is gathered in a large chignon adorned with beading and topped with a half-vajra finial.

 

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