Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Indian Adept (siddha) - Dombi Heruka

རྒྱ་གར་གྱི་གྲུབ་ཆེན། 印度大成就者
(item no. 65203)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Buddhist
Size 66.68x45.09cm (26.25x17.75in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Catalogue # acc. #C2002.35.4
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Mahasiddha

Gender: Male

TBRC: bdr:P3292

Interpretation / Description

Dombi Heruka, Mahasiddha (Tibetan: drup tob dom bi pa): the Indian master of Tantric methods from the group of 84 famous mahasiddhas. He was a principle student of Virupa.

This painting along with Saraha (#65204) belong to a set of seven paintings portraying all 84 great Indian Adepts. The central painting is of Buddha Vajradhara surrounded by 10 adepts. To the right side of Vajradhara are three paintings with central subjects Virupa, Shavaripa and Luipa looking towards Vajradhara, each surrounded by 12, 11 and 11 adepts respectively. On the left side are the central subjects Dombi Heruka, Saraha and Naropa again looking towards Vajradhara, surrounded by 12, 11 and 11 adepts respectively. The total of all adepts including the central figures, excluding Vajradhara, comes to 84 Indian Adepts.

Jeff Watt 4-2004

Reverse of Painting
English Translation of Inscription: Left first.

Wylie Transliteration of Inscription: g.yon dang po.

Secondary Images
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Thematic Sets
Indian Adept Main Page (Mahasiddha)
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art (RMA): Main Page
Indian Adepts: Mongolian Set
Indian Adept: Dombi Heruka Main Page
Indian Adept (Mahasiddha): Painting (Late Period 17th to the Present)