|Origin Location||Eastern Tibet|
|Date Range||1800 - 1899|
|Material||Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton|
Kontapa, Naropa and Atisha from the group of 84 mahasiddhas according to the system of Vajrasana. The full set of paintings, the complete composition, was made up of twenty-nine individual works.
At the top center is Kontapa, a pale yogi wearing a simple white cloth about the waist and a bag across the back supported by a yellow strap. Seated on an elaborate throne, he gazes upward.
At the bottom left is Naropa, depicted as a dark-skinned yogi with an elaborate headdress and earrings holding outstretched a flayed human skin.
At the right is Atisha performing the mudra (gesture) of Dharma Teaching with both hands held to the heart. Wearing the orange patchwork robes of a monk and the head crowned with a pandita hat, he sits in vajra posture beneath an ornate canopy.
Jeff Watt 4-2000
Front of Painting
Wylie Transliteration of Inscription: [middle center] ... [bottom left] ... [bottom right] jo bo a ti sha.