Nepal, 15th c. Avalokiteshvara

15th century circa, Nepal, late Malla period, bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara Amoghapasha, gilt copper with stone inlay, private collection

15th century circa, Nepal, bodhisattva Amoghapasha Lokeshvara, gilt copper with stone inlay, private collection.

On earlier works, standing bodhisattvas usually have pleated cloth dangling at the front and arranged on one side.  Most 14th and 15th century standing figures have the ends of their sash dangling on both sides of the body, plus the pointed end of their dhoti at the front. It is generally accepted that Amoghapasha Lokeshvara is the 8-arm form of Avalokiteshvara. However, on the Himalayan Art Resources website Jeff Watts insists on the contrary. At the same time, sculptures of Amoghapasha Lokeshvara are included under the Avalokiteshvara heading.

15th century circa, Nepal, late Malla period, bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara Padmapani, gilt copper with stone inlay, private collection

15th century circa, Nepal, bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara Padmapani, gilt copper with stone inlay, private collection

 

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