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Title

Mahasiddha

19th century

Artist

Unknown

Tibet

Alternate image of Mahasiddha by Unknown
Alternate image of Mahasiddha by Unknown
  • 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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Unknown

    Works in the collection

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

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