Lot 19

A THANGKA OF DOMBI HERUKA
TIBET, 18TH/19TH CENTURY

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A THANGKA OF DOMBI HERUKA
TIBET, 18TH/19TH CENTURY
Distemper on cloth; verso with an inscribed Tibetan red ink 'om ah hum' invocation behind the central figure.
Himalayan Art Resources item no.4485
Image: 73 x 51 cm (28 3/4 x 20 in.);
With silks: 120.7 x 77 cm (47 1/2 x 30 1/4 in.)

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西藏 十八/十九世紀 大成就者東碧嘿嚕嘎唐卡

It is very rare to have all eighty-four mahasiddhas depicted within a single composition, as in the present example. Occupying the center is Dombi Heruka sitting sideways atop a roaring tiger. He is a principal student of the legendary tantric master Virupa and one of the mahasiddhas. The remaining figures are cleverly arranged within a hilly landscape, separated by water, trees and rocks, forming a busy but orderly scene. See another painting of Dombi Heruka surrounded by ten mahasiddhas at the Rubin Museum of Art, New York (HAR 65203).

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