Himalayan Art Resources

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

རྒྱ་གར་གྱི་གྲུབ་ཆེན། 印度大成就者
(item no. 30541)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Gelug and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Interpretation / Description

Mahasiddhas: A single composition from a set of thirteen paintings depicting the Eighty-four Mahasiddhas according to the system of Vajrasana.

The composition is most likely derived from the original paintings composed by Khazi Lazo in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Two paintings are known from Ford Collection that depict two figures per composition rather than five. A similarly derived composition with six figures can be found in the Ganden Monastery Library in Ulan Bator, Mongolia. Again, an eight figure set of eleven or thirteen compositions can be reconstructed from several different collections in America and Asia. A block print of the Prajnaparamita Sutra carved in Lhasa circa 1940 also depicts the same figures with minor changes to suit the medium.

Jeff Watt 1-2014

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Artist: Khazi Lazo Style (Later Copies)
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Collection: Christie's. Jan. 28, 2014
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Artist: Khazi Lhazo & Atelier (Mahasiddhas)