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 , 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.
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.