Tibet, mahasiddhas – unidentified (7)

15th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha, bronze, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

This mahasiddha (or Tibetan teacher with a mahasiddha appearance) is seated on an antelope skin with his legs locked and holds a vajra sceptre in his right hand and a skull cup in the other. He wears the usual bone jewellery and spiral-shaped shell earrings.

16th century, Tibet, mahasiddha, metal (copper alloy with cold gold and pigments), private collection, photo on HAR https://www.himalayanart.org/items/99218.

Seated in a yogic posture, this adept with a  wide gaze does the ‘turning the wheel of dharma’ gesture with his hands.

15th-16th century? (labelled 10th century), Tibet, Mahasiddha, bronze with traces of gilding, photo by Altair Auctions, on https://www.liveauctioneers.com/en-gb/item/53931713_tibetan-bronze-mahasiddha-statue

The left hand does a pointing gesture, the right hand probably held a vajra sceptre.

16th century (or later?), Tibet, mahasiddha, bronze (copper alloy), private collection, published on http://www.goantiques.com/tibetan-mahasiddha-bronze-762393

Like the famous Tibetan teacher Tsang Nyon Heruka, this mahasiddha (or Tibetan yogi with a mahasiddha appearance) has his hair gathered in a prominent bun.

15th-16th century (or 16th-17th century?), Tibet, mahasiddha, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Uppsala Auktions https://www.uppsalaauktion.se/en/auctions/?auction_name=20160614&catalog_nr=1244.

Seated on a human hide, the above holds a skull cup in his left hand and probably had a vajra sceptre in the other. A vase of longevity is placed on a lotus attached to the base.

17th century, Himalayan region, mahasiddha, gilt metal, at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York (USA), photo on HAR https://www.himalayanart.org/items/65389

This gesture of salute is associated with Dampa Sangye but the sculpture has not been identified as such. He appears to be holding lotus buds in his left hand and there is a skull cup before him.


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 )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google 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 )

Connecting to %s