Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Indian Adept (siddha)

རྒྱ་གར་གྱི་གྲུབ་ཆེན། 印度大成就者
(item no. 101352)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1300 - 1399
Lineages Kagyu and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Interpretation / Description

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

Secondary Images
Related Items
Publication: Sacred Visions

Thematic Sets
Subject: Eight Siddhas (Eight Great Adepts)
Subject: Eight Siddhas In One Painting
Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Painting)
Indian Adept: Central Figure Compositions (for 8 & 84)
Indian Adept: Mahasiddha Masterworks (Painting)
Subject: Greyscale - Figurative & General Composition
Indian Adept (Mahasiddha): Painting
Indian Adept (Mahasiddha): Painting (Early Period 11th-14th)
Indian Adept: Systems of Mahasiddhas
Painting Style: Minimalism & Minimalist Landscape
Definition: Mahasiddha (Three Meanings of the Term)