Padmapani, Early Malla period

Stretching from the 12th century circa to the 18th century, Malla Dynasty works are divided into two periods: Early and Late Malla.
12th century circa, Nepal, early Malla period, bodhisattva Avalokitheshvara Padmapani, gilt copper, at Cleveland Museum
12th century circa, Nepal, bodhisattva Avalokitheshvara Padmapani with buddha Amitabha in his crown, gilt copper with stone inlay, at Cleveland Museum.                             

The elegant proportions of the body with its graceful swerving of the hips and marked pectoral muscles, the shape of the crown and the elaborate jewellery are typical of the statues hancrafted by Newar artists during the Malla Dynasty. The one above is an early example, made of copper partly decorated with cold gold. They will become more lavish in the following centuries, with rich, all-over, fire-gilding, dhotis decorated with a lotus pattern, a large quantity of gemstones (lapis lazuli, rubies, turquoise) and sometimes glass inlay. The most commonly represented figure is Avalokiteshvara, especially in his lotus-bearing form  (Padmapani).

13th century circa, Nepal, bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara Padmapani, richly gilt copper inlaid with stones and glass, pigments, at the New South Wales Museum of Art
13th century circa, Nepal, bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara Padmapani , gilt copper inlaid with gemstones and glass, pigments, at the New South Wales Museum of Art
He is wearing an elaborate chignon unusually topped with Amitabha on a throne. Althgough  part of the crown is missing and  his lotus is broken, this is one of the finest examples of the Early Malla period.
13th century, Nepal, bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara Padmapani, gilt copper inlaid with gemstones, private collection

13th century, Nepal, bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara Padmapani, gilt copper inlaid with gemstones, private collection.

Even when the gems are missing and the statue seems to have undergone some damage, the overall impression is still one of elegance and serenity.

14th century, Nepal, bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara Padmapani, gilt copper inlaid with stones, black pigment, private collection

14th century, Nepal, bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara Padmapani, gilt copper inlaid with stones, black pigment, private collection.

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