Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Indian Adept (siddha) - (multiple figures)

རྒྱ་གར་གྱི་གྲུབ་ཆེན། 印度大成就者
(item no. 191)
Origin Location Eastern Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Uncertain
Size 66.04x43.18cm (26x17in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment, Fine Gold Line on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Catalogue # acc.# P1995.21.3
Painting School Karma Gardri
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Interpretation / Description

Eighty-four Mahasiddha of the Abhayadatta System based on the depictions documented by Jonang Taranata (1575-1635) as commissioned and painted as murals in the Ganden Puntsogling Monastery, Tibet. (See Abhayadatta Outline Page).

This painting belongs to an eleven painting set and depicts eight Indian adepts, siddhas, late in the list following the Abhayadatta system: numbers 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83 and 84. The composition is the 11th painting (L5) in the set and placed last on the proper left hand side of the central image.

Art Represented in Art: See upper center, a siddha in front of a Hevajra painting in a cave.

Top center: Samantabhadra Bodhisattva
77. Darikapa
78. Putalipa
79. Upanaha
80. Kokilipa
81. Anangapa
82. Lakshmikara
83. Samudra
84. Vyalipa

Jeff Watt 6-2009

Related Items
Thematic Sets
Indian Adept: Mahasiddha Paintings, Palpung Composition
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art: Painting Gallery 6
Indian Adept Main Page (Mahasiddha)
Painting Style: Kham Region (Kham-ri)
Painting Set: Indian Adepts (84) - Palpung Composition
Painting Comparison: L5 Indian Adepts (84)
Subject: Art Depicted in Art (Paintings)
Subject: Art Depicted in Art