Avadhutipa, a non-buddhist king converted by Damarupa, is seated in a relaxed posture, his right hand doing the gesture of teaching and displaying a flower incised in the palm (an antic-caste symbol). He is adorned with floral jewellery, large hoops with a foliate pendant, a beaded cross belt, a finial on his braided chignon. His yogic band is decorated with a stippled geometrical motif.
This Indian tantric adept wears beaded jewellery, a large hoop in one ear and an earplug in the other. There is a flower (incised) at the front of his dhoti. See the Himalayan Art Resources website for a full translation of the inscription on the back of the base (Index> Mahasiddhas>sculpture, page 1, picture 6).
Luipa, the ‘fish-gut eater’ is leaning against his left hand and holding fish entrails in the other.
Saukarika, ‘The Swine Herder’, is identified through an inscription on the back of the base. Instead of having a yogi’s appearance, he sits with both legs raised, wearing boots and a robe that covers both shoulders, incised all over with a floral pattern, his hands held in prayer.
This Indian master is depicted with Tibetan monastic garments, his hands in the meditation gesture to support a bowl.
Named after the monastery he set up at Gampo Dar, Gampopa is shown here wearing the red hat of the Kagyu order he founded, and holding the manuscript containing the doctrine.