Tibet, Dampa Sangye (3)

16th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha Dampa Sangye, copper alloy with cold gold, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

The Indian tantric practitioner is seated on an antelope skin with both knees raised, his legs wrapped in a heavy meditation cloak, his hands in the teaching gesture and holding a jewel or pearl between the right thumb and forefinger.

Undated, Tibet, Dampa Sangye, copper alloy with cold gold and pigments, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

A singular image of him with a yogic strap embellished with a chased geometric pattern and a cross belt.

On this sculpture, his cloak is decorated with incised clouds and scrolls. The face is painted with cold gold.

Undated, same, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

He often has a large urna on his forehead and may wear a floral tiara.

16th-17th century, same, copper alloy, at the British Museum in London (UK).

This peculiar work portrays him almost like a sphinx, his long hair combed back and falling over his shoulders, the chased pattern on his cloak blending in with that of the stepped plinth. He holds a jewel in each hand, held out and displaying an incised diamond in each palm.

Undated, same, gilt copper alloy, at a mountain sanctuary, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Alternatively, he sits in a relaxed posture and raises his right hand in a greeting gesture, in front of him or above his head, palm out,  while holding a bag or pouch in his left hand.

Undated (16th century circa?), same, copper alloy, published in Grandes Lamas del Tibet, and on Himalayan Art Resources.

On occasions, he holds a thigh bone flute in his left hand and another attribute in the right hand. In this case, it appears to be a lotus bud.

 

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