Eight Mahasiddhas

18th century

Rubin Museum of Art

Rubin Museum of Art
New York, United States

This is the last painting of an eleven-painting set from Palpung monastery and dedicated to “The Eighty-four Great Tantric Adepts (Mahasiddhas). Especially interesting is the figure of the great adept Putalipa at top center, seated in a cave and gazing at an image of the meditational deity Samvara. The scene offers a view of a tantric Buddhist icon in use. Above in the sky are the white bodhisattva Samantabhadra and, below him, small, red wrathful figure Cakhavartin. The other figures can be identified as: the bodhisattva Samantabhadra; Darikapa; Putalipa; Upanaha; Kokilipa; Anangapa; Lakshmikara; Samudra; Vyalipa.


  • Title: Eight Mahasiddhas
  • Date Created: 18th century
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Rubin Museum of Art, C2005.22.1
  • Medium: Mineral pigments on cloth
  • Place of Creation: Eastern Tibet
  • Exhibition History: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., "Lama, Patron, Artist: The Great Situ Panchen" (03/13/10 - 07/18/10), Rubin Museum of Art, "Patron and Painter: Situ Panchen and the Revival of the Encampment Style" (02/06/09 - 08/17/09)

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