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An image of Mahasiddha by Unknown An image of Mahasiddha by Unknown


(Tibet  – )

Place of origin
Central TibetTibet
Eastern TibetTibet
19th century
Media category
Materials used
ink on primed cotton

19.5 x 21.0 cm image/sheet (irreg.)

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
D G Wilson Bequest Fund 1999
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (2)

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.).

Exhibition history (1)

Miniature Masterpieces of Asian Art, Parkham Place Gallery, Surry Hills, 25 May 1999–25 Jul 1999