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A Tantric Yogin
English: 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.
Date 12th century
date QS:P,+1150-00-00T00:00:00Z/7
Medium copper alloy
Dimensions 10.5 × 8.9 × 7.6 cm (4.1 × 3.5 × 2.9 in)
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place of creation Nepal
Object history
  • Gantan Shaka, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore, Winter 1974, by purchase
  • : given to Walters Art Museum
Exhibition history Desire and Devotion: Art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque. 2001-2003.
Credit line gift of John and Berthe Ford,
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