Tibet, Mahasiddha Naropa (2)

Mahasiddha Naropa (probably), undated (15 or 16th century), Central Tibet, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

There are several iconographies for this Indian adept, one of them depicts him with a mahasiddha appearance, holding a human hide stretched across his back, as above.

17th century, Mahasiddha Naropa, rhinoceros horn, at the Rumtek monastery in Sikkim, photo by Nik Douglas.

Alternatively, he may be seated in a relaxed posture on a lion skin, holding a skull cup filled with nectar. The other hand  may display various gestures (in this case, bestowing refuge, ). This sculpture and the one below are part of two different sets of mahasiddhas.

18th century, same, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

On this example, he extends his right hand palm out in the gesture of supreme generosity.

 

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