Jalandhara, The Net Holder

16th century

Rubin Museum of Art

Rubin Museum of Art

The Indian yogi depicted in this active posture is The Net-Holder, known for his many yogic feats. His Sanskrit name is familiar to practitioners of yoga today because it is attached to one of the three main areas in the body that are thought to control the flow of vital energy - the Jalandhara "connection" or "lock" (bandha), which is located in the throat. He is one of the great adepts revered in the Buddhist tantric tradition.

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  • Title: Jalandhara, The Net Holder
  • Date Created: 16th century
  • Physical Dimensions: H 9.5 x W 5.75 x D 3.75 in.
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Rubin Museum of Art, C2003.13.4
  • Medium: Copper alloy
  • Place of Creation: Tibet
  • Exhibition History: Rubin Museum of Art, "Gateway to Himalayan Art" (07/23/10 - 10/04/2011), Rubin Museum of Art, "Holy Madness: Portraits of Tantric Siddhas" (02/11/06 - 09/03/06), Rubin Museum of Art, "Methods of Transcendence" (10/02/04 - 01/11/05)

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