Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Indian Adept (siddha)

རྒྱ་གར་གྱི་གྲུབ་ཆེན། 印度大成就者
(item no. 90207)
Origin Location Eastern Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Uncertain
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Moke Mokotoff
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Interpretation / Description

Shantipa, Tantipa and a yogin standing on a corpse: 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.

Shantipa: at the top center he holds the right hand in the mudra of Dharma explication and the left in the mudra of fearlessness. Wearing the orange and red patchwork robes of a monk, the head is crowned with a red pandita hat.

Tantipa, the weaver: at the bottom left wearing the garb of a layman he holds a loom in his lap as he works.

At the bottom right a wildly dancing yogi holding a curved flaying knife in the right hand and an upraised skullcup in the left stands atop a corpse seat. A small form of the tutelary deity Vajrayogini hovers in the sky above.

Jeff Watt 4-2000

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Thematic Sets
Painting Tradition: Khyenri Main Page
Collection of Moke Mokotoff
Indian Adept Main Page (Mahasiddha)
Painting Sets: Khyenri Style Mahasiddhas
Subject: Vajrasana Mahasiddha System
Painting Style: Khyenri - Teachers & Siddhas
Painting Set: Indian Adepts (Khyenri II)
Subject: Vajrasana Mahasiddha (Miscellaneous)