|Date Range||1700 - 1799|
|Lineages||Gelug and Buddhist|
|Material||Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton|
Ghantapa, Mahasiddha: included amongst the Eighty-four and the condensed Eight Great Mahasiddhas. (See the Ghantapa biography).
Ghantapa iconography: Gantapa has  Mahasiddha Appearance, holding a vajra and bell while embracing a consort and flying in the air. At the top right is a  siddha figure holding a hand drum and a skull bowl. At the top left is  Chakrasamvara and Vajrayogini. At the bottom right are Shri Shmashana Adhipati, male and female, appearing as dancing skeletons.
A set of Twenty-one Taras, dated to the 18th century, depicts as secondary figures the extended nineteen figures of the Panchen Lama incarnation lineage. Composition #17 (left 8) depicts the unusual iconography of the mahasiddha Ghantapa. The two images are obviously drawn from the same source. Note the position of the body, arms, the consort and especially the elongated right foot.
The unique characteristics are the Chakrasamvara in full form along with the wide open sky and clear separation between the land below, and the narrative vignette at the bottom left. The Ghantapa is dynamic with lively movement while embracing a very small consort at the side.
Jeff Watt 7-2013