Himalayan Art Resources

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

རྒྱ་གར་གྱི་གྲུབ་ཆེན། 印度大成就者
(item no. 492)
Origin Location Eastern Tibet
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Karma (Kagyu)
Size 66.04x44.45cm (26x17.50in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment, Fine Gold Line on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Catalogue # acc.# F1996.25.2
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, from the list following the Abhayadatta system: number 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 and 36. The composition is the 5th painting (L2) in the set and placed second to the proper left of the central painting.

Numbered List:
Top center: Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva
29. Kangganapa
30. Kambala (Lawapa)
31. Dengipa
32. Bhandepa
33. Tantepa
34. Kukkuripa
35. Kuchipa
36. Dharmapa

Jeff Watt 6-2009

Related Items
Thematic Sets
Indian Adept: Mahasiddha Paintings, Palpung Composition
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art: Painting Gallery 3
Indian Adept Main Page (Mahasiddha)
Painting Style: Kham Region (Kham-ri)
Painting Set: Indian Adepts (84) - Palpung Composition