Posted on: 26 March 2017

Woman Visiting a Pierced-ear (Kanphata) Yogi
Mughal, style of Payag - c. 1650)

Opaque watercolour on paper

Credit: National Gallery of Canada

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Beautiful. But sad to see that they are present elsewhere now. I guess there was just too many such precious items in India, that some/many of them were exported without knowing their true value.

I've seen about a dozen Kanphata sadhus over the years.

The woman sitting next to the Yogi appears different from the woman visitor and her attendant. any thoughts?

The kanphada saints belong to nath sect

A spitting image

Jackson Stephenson