Tibet, various mahasiddhas (6)

Undated (16th century circa), Tibet, Avadhutipa, copper alloy and cold gold, at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York (USA).

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.

15th century circa, Tibet, Charyapa, gilt copper alloy and pigment, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

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, Tibet, undated, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Luipa, the ‘fish-gut eater’ is leaning against his left hand and holding  fish entrails in the other.

Mahasiddha Saukarika, Tibet, 15th century circa, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

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.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha Gampopa, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

This Indian master is depicted with Tibetan monastic garments, his hands in the meditation gesture to support a bowl.

18th century, same as before.

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.




Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s