A grey stone, red and black lacquer decorated 'Mahasiddha Sabaripa' stele Nepalese, 12th century

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A grey stone, red and black lacquer decorated 'Mahasiddha Sabaripa' stele
Nepalese, 12th century

Sold for HK$ 200,000 (US$ 25,552) inc. premium
A grey stone, red and black lacquer decorated 'Mahasiddha Sabaripa' stele
Nepalese, 12th century
Beautifully carved in high relief on the front with the guru seated above a lotus pedestal with left leg folded inwards and right leg pendent, his hands holding a kapala supporting the elixir of life and a bow and arrow respectively, his head slightly bowed and wearing a loose dhoti, all framed within double flaming mandorla, the details picked out in pale highlights of red and black lacquer, stand.
Without stand: 43cm (16 7/8in) high (2).

Footnotes

  • 尼泊爾十二世紀 灰石雕漆繪大成就者薩巴日巴坐像碑

    Illustrated 出版:
    Pratapadiya Pal, 'Arhats and Mahasiddhas in Himalayan Art', Arts of Asia, January-February 1990, cover

    The phrase Mahasiddha refers to tantric practitioners who, through their disciplined practice of expedient means, have attained the realization of varied psychic or spiritual abilities and powers. Antoinette Gordon in her Iconography of Tibetan Lamaism, (Tokyo, 1959) refers to them as 'the Eighty-four Great Sorcerers' and 'the authors of much of the Tantric literature on magic.' (p.94). The present lot is one of the more commonly portrayed of these Mahasiddhas, Mahasiddha Sabaripa, identifiable from the bow and arrow in his hand, his high chignon and his beard. This particular Mahasiddha, or 'Great Adept,' was the Indian Buddhist guru honored as being one of the holders of the distant transmission of Mahamudra, or the 'great seal' technique of practice; in this role he is traditionally regarded as one of the forebears for the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

    As explained by Dr. Pal in relation to the current lot in his published article, 'this black stone relief belongs probably to the twelfth century. Here the figure is depicted as a yogin or ascetic with matted hair, as is seen traditionally in Nepali and Tibetan paintings of a later period... There seems little doubt that he represents the Mahasiddha Sabaripa who always holds a bow and an arrow.'
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A grey stone, red and black lacquer decorated 'Mahasiddha Sabaripa' stele Nepalese, 12th century
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