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.

15th-16th century? (labelled 10th century), Tibet, Mahasiddha, bronze with traces of gilding, photo by Altair Auctions, on Live auctioneers

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 Go antiques

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 c?), Tibet, Mahasiddha, gilt copper (alloy) with turquoise inlay, private collection, photo on Uppsala.

Seated on a human hide, the above holds a skull cup in his left hand and may have 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 (now labelled ‘Tibet, 1500-1599, Padampa Sangye on HAR), gilt metal, at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York (USA), photo on HAR

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.


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