Depicted with a mahasiddha appearance, his hair gathered in a voluminous top knot, the famous Tibetan master is seated with his legs locked, on a lotus base covered with a tiger skin, brandishing a vajra sceptre and holding a vase of longevity before him. He is adorned with the spirals-shaped shell earrings often seen on such figures, together with bone accessories including a cross-belt. A small staff rests against his left arm.
A rare image of him seated on a human victim over the tiger skin. His long braids of hair are arranged in a spectacular and distinctive bun that stands on his head.
Seated at ease, holding the vajra sceptre above his raised knee, adorned with princely jewellery and a skull tiara tied at the back.
We saw an almost identical Tibetan one from the Los Angeles Count Museum dated 15th-16th century (see https://www.himalayanart.org/items/85763.)
His topknot is covered with a net made of bone beads and a half-vajra finial, the rest of his hair is held in place with a scarf decorated with a floral print.
Originally labelled ’17th century mahasiddha’ by the museum and published as such in a previous post, this sculpture of the ‘Madman of Tsang’ shows him coiffed with a similar bone net over his topknot and a human hide over his shoulders.
The same applies to this sculpture, with an inscription on the back that says ‘Pha.rkon.tshan.ras.chen’, previously published in the mahasiddha section of the blog. He has a (barely visible) vajra sceptre in his right hand.
It is unusual for him to hold a vajra bell in his left hand.
Another example of him holding a vajra bell in his left hand.
Here he wears a floral tiara and matching garland, an anti-caste symbol often worn by mahasiddhas.