Achala sculptures (3)

13th century, Tibet, wrathful god Achala, gilt copper alloy and pigment, published by Rossi

13th century, Tibet, wrathful god Achala, copper alloy, published by Rossi

Achala, defender of the faith, wears a tiger skin as a loin cloth and snakes as anklets and bracelets. He often stands over Ganesha/Ganapati (some say a deity with an elephant head called Vignayaraja) but here he is also trampling upon another deity, possibly Maheshvara. The shape of the double lotus base is typical of the 12th-13th century. He is holding a sword in one hand and a lasso in the other.

13th-14th century, Tibet, Amdo province, Achala,

13th-14th century, Eastern Tibet, Chamdo province, wrathful god Achala, gilt copper alloy and pigment, at the Victoria & Albert Museum (London)

Here Achala has a sitting buddha in his flaming hair and unusual armbands and necklace. From the 13th century onwards, the petals of the lotus base are flatter and more elongated.

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