Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Mahasiddha, Possibly Campaka, the Flower King

early 14th century
Copper alloy
H. 7 in. (17.8 cm); W. 3 13/16 in. (9.7 cm); D. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Florence and Herbert Irving Gift and Rogers Fund, 2003
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 253
A wide-eyed mahasiddha plays symbols and sings ecstatically. Such yogis belong to an Indian tradition of eccentric practitioners of Tantrism, much revered in Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism. Mahasiddhas were instrumental in introducing the meditation system perfected by the Dzogchen masters of the Nyingma order, founded by Padmasambhava in the eighth century.
Arnold H. Lieberman
Related Objects

The Spiritual Master Padmasambhava

Date: 14th century Medium: Copper alloy Accession: 2012.459 On view in:Gallery 253

Buddha Shakyamuni or Akshobhya, the Buddha of the East

Date: 11th–12th century Medium: Gilt copper Accession: 1995.106 On view in:Not on view

Vajravarahi in Wrathful Posture

Date: 13th century Medium: Copper alloy with turquoise, silver, and colors Accession: 2014.720.2 On view in:Gallery 253

Bodhisattva Padmapani, the Lotus-Bearer

Date: 13th century Medium: Bronze with silver and copper inlay (and later turquoise inlay) Accession: 2016.752 On view in:Gallery 253

Seated Buddha Reaching Enlightenment

Date: 11th–12th century Medium: Brass with colored pigments Accession: 2012.458 On view in:Gallery 253