A gilt copper figure of a mahasiddha Nepal or Tibet, circa 12th century

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A gilt copper figure of a mahasiddha
Nepal or Tibet, circa 12th century

Sold for US$ 12,500 inc. premium
A gilt copper figure of a mahasiddha
Nepal or Tibet, circa 12th century
Solid cast seated on a flat oval disc with a skull bowl in his left hand and his right hand raised, he wears a meditation cord across his chest and his dhoti is tied in a knot at the navel, his bearded face has a stern expression and thick matted locks gathered in topknot and falling in long tresses to his shoulders.
2 1/4 in. (5.72 cm) high

Footnotes

  • The identity of this mahasiddha is difficult to determine due to the missing attribute in his left hand. Krsnacarya, who holds a skull-drum in his raised hand and a skull bowl in his lap, is possible option, but the hands are typically reversed. Compare with another diminutive figure of Kumara dated to the 8th century in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (see Pal, Art of Nepal, 1985, p. 92, no. S9). For another diminutive Indian pandita cast on a flat base and dated to the 13th/14th century, see Dinwiddie, Portraits of the Masters, London, 2003, p. 112, no. 13.

    Provenance:
    Private American Collection
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A gilt copper figure of a mahasiddha Nepal or Tibet, circa 12th century
A gilt copper figure of a mahasiddha Nepal or Tibet, circa 12th century
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