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A Tantric Yogin
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A Tantric Yogin


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Description This figure represents a Yogin wearing his yogic band over his left shoulder. Like a divinity he sits on a lotus in the heroic "virusana" posture. In his lap he holds a skull cup revealing his role as a tantric teacher. This posture and iconography is common to Pala sculpture of the 11th and 12th centuries. It is likely that this figure represents a mahasiddha, a tantric teacher revered for having achieved "siddhi," or perfections. A group of eighty-four mahasiddhas was revered by both Hindus and Buddhists. Two of them, Matsyendranatha and Gorakhnatha became the foci of cults in Nepal. This figure was likely part of a 12th-century altar devoted to one of these mahasiddhas. It evidently was revered for quite some time as the rubbing associated with devotional practice has rendered its surface features quite muted.
Exhibitions
  • Desire and Devotion: Art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham. 2001-2003.
Provenance Gantan Shaka, Kathmandu, Nepal; John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore, Winter 1974, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 2007, by gift.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2007

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Period
12th century
Medium
copper alloy
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.3032
Measurements
4 1/8 x 3 1/2 x 3 in. (10.5 x 8.9 x 7.6 cm)
Geographies
  • Nepal (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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