Mahasiddha Luipa

Mongolian (Mongolian)
Circa 1900-1940
Ink and pigments on paper
Sheet : 11 1/2 x 8 in. (29.21 x 20.32 cm)
Mat : 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.64 cm)
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Purchased with funds donated by Ronald (1962) and Gerri Vander Molen
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Legend says that Luipa was a 9th-century Sri Lankan prince who grew disgusted with his aristocratic life and moved to the Himalayas in search of spiritual enlightenment. To rid himself of pride and worldly desires, Luipa spent twelve years meditating by a river and eating only the entrails of fish given to him by local fishermen. This drawing shows Luipa sitting in a cross-legged pose with a look of intense concentration on his face as he pulls the guts out of a fish with his right hand. The rocks, clouds and water that surround Luipa give the impression that he is radiating a powerful spiritual energy.




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