Indian Adept (siddha)
(item no. 101352)


1300 - 1399

Buddhist and Kagyu Lineages

Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Jnanatapa, an Indian siddha, surrounded above by Tibetan lineage teachers and below by the Eight Great Siddhas.

The Eight Great Siddhas are depicted in the bottom half of the painting on the left and right vertical registers. At the middle left is Saraha, brown in colour, in a dancing posture, holding two arrows in the right hand and a vase in the left. Below Saraha is Nagarjuna in the robes of a monk and a hood of three snakes. Below that is Ghantapa, holding a vajra and bell, leaping into the air. Below that is Dombi Heruka, dark in colour, riding a tigress. At the middle right is King Indrabhuti dressed in royal attire. Below that is Padmavajra embracing a consort. Below that is Luipa with two fish displayed in front. Below that is Kukkuripa, dark in colour, dancing, and holding a dog.

Jeff Watt 6-2006

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Publication: Sacred Visions

Thematic Set
Subject: Eight Great Adepts (mahasiddha)
Subject: Eight Siddhas In One Painting
Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Painting)
Subject: Greyscale - Figurative & General Composition

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