Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Indian Adept (siddha) - Naropa

རྒྱ་གར་གྱི་གྲུབ་ཆེན། 印度大成就者
(item no. 65496)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1600 - 1699
Lineages Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Mahasiddha

Gender: Male

TBRC: bdr:P3085

Interpretation / Description

Naropa, Mahasiddha: based on the iconographic depictions of the Eighty-four mahasiddhas according to the Vajrasana system. This painting is likely part of an 85 painting set depicting the individual siddhas in a single composition and with a central painting of Vajradhara bringing the total number of paintings to 85.

At the bottom left is Lobzang Dondrub identified by inscription. The figure on the right is unidentified due to a lack of iconographic features and an effaced inscription. At the top right is a small figure of a flying Vajrayogini.

Also see the Ford 43 painting set, Dzaya Pandita 13 painting set and the Prajnaparamita block print set of 85 images all with the same iconographic depictions.

Jeff Watt 6-2009

Secondary Images
Related Items
Publication: Selection of Works - Painting (RMA)

Thematic Sets
Collection of RMA: Painting Masterworks Page
Indian Adept: Siddha Appearance Masterworks (Painting)
Subject: Vajrasana Mahasiddha System
Indian Adept (Mahasiddha): Painting (Late Period 17th to the Present)
Artist: Khazi Lhazo & Atelier (Mahasiddhas)
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art (RMA): Main Page
Indian Adept: Naropa Main Page
Collection of RMA: Persons Masterworks
Artist: Khazi Lhazo & Derivative Styles Page
Indian Adept: Naropa (Masterworks)