Nepal, Khasa Malla (6)

14th century, Nepal, Khasa Malla Kingdom, female deity, gilt copper, 20,5 cm, published by Ian Alsop.

14th century, Nepal, Khasa Malla Kingdom, female deity, gilt copper, 20,5 cm, published by Ian Alsop.

The deity sits on a square cushion resting on a base with sturdy legs and a foliate pattern sculpted at the front. The hem of her tunic and her cuffs are decorated with incisions. The lower part of her garment is gathered into a wide scallop shape under her feet. Her short, chubby legs are a feature common to many Nepalese buddhist sculptures, not only from the Khasa Malla Kingdom. Apart from the very large hoops on her ears, she is wearing a small diadem over her tied hair. Her face almost forms  a perfect oval. She has a thin, rectangular and vertical urna. Her wide semi-closed eyes and gentle smile suggest this may be Prajnaparamita, the mother of all buddhas.

13th-14th century, Nepal, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, gilt copper alloy,

13th-14th century, Nepal, Khasa Malla, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, gilt copper alloy and pigments, published by Ian Alsop.

Shadakshari Lokeshvara, a four-armed form of Avalokiteshvara, sits on a tall Pala style double-lotus base with large beading at the top and prominent petals and buds. He holds  a lotus in his left hand and possibly a rosary in the other. His wide lips and eyes have been painted with pigment and some lapis lazuli powder has been applied to his hair. He has a rectangular urna similar to that of the previous statue. Some large bows (often seen on West Tibetan sculptures) are sticking out over his elongated ears adorned with earrings.  He also wears the usual two necklaces, sacred thread, bracelets and matching anklets, and foliate armbands.

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