Nepal, 2 copper repoussé statues

17th century, Nepal, Late Malla Period, buddha Tara, gilt copper repoussé, San Francisco museum of art

17th century, Nepal, Late Malla Period, buddha Tara, gilt copper repoussé, inlaid stones and pigments, San Francisco Asian Art Museum.

These two largish statues (around 40 cm and 70 cm) were made according to the copper repoussé technique, which explains the tubular shape of the toes and fingers. Late Malla sculptures are often very different from early ones. Gone are the graceful proportions and exaggerated slant of the torso. Bodies are stiffer, hips are broader, especially as standing statues wore a long pleated sash on each side of the dhoti or a kind of skirt over it. On the other hand they still wear intricate and often more showy jewellery, ornate belts and crowns, and usually have richly incised hen on their garments.

17th century, Nepal, Late Malla Period, buddha Dipankara, gilt copper repoussé, San Francisco Asian Art Museum

17th century, Nepal, Late Malla Period, buddha Dipankara, gilt copper repoussé inlaid with stones, pigments,  San Francisco Asian Art Museum.

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