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Title

Mahasiddha

19th century


Artist

Unknown

Tibet


About

This cloth from an artist's sketchbook depicts the Mahasiddha or 'great mystics'. On this side is Maitrichen, in standing yogic posture, and on the other side is Draken seated in a Chinese-style landscape. The sure and confident linework suggests the hand of an accomplished draftsperson although traces of underdrawing and the artist's study of detail can be seen. While it has been suggested that these sketches formed part of an artist's pattern book, this set also has the quality of a practice pad or study drawings, especially in the rendering of the deer accompanying the dynamic figure of Maitrichen.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.66.


Details


Places where the work was made

Central Tibet Tibet
Eastern Tibet Tibet


Date

19th century


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

ink on primed cotton


Dimensions

19.5 x 21.0 cm image/sheet (irreg.)


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

D G Wilson Bequest Fund 1999


Location

Not on display


Accession number

132.1999.a-b


Artist information

Unknown

Works in the collection

5


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Dawn Hall (Editor), Tibet: Tradition and Change, Albuquerque, 1998, 30 (colour illus.), 31. This reference is not for our work of art, rather another of similiar style and subject matter.

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2003, 66 (colour illus.).