Padmapani, Early Malla period (2)

13th century, Nepal, bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara Padmapani, gilt copper alloy, private collection.

13th century, Nepal, bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara Padmapani, gilt copper alloy with stone inlay, private collection.

This sculpture shows Avalokiteshvara, with an effigy of Amitabha in his small crown made of three triangular panels and adorned with rosettes. He is holding a large lotus flower in his left hand while opening the right hand palm outward. He is wearing some large floral earrings matching his armbands and second necklace, a thin sacred thread going from shoulder right down to knee level, a dhoti, longer on one side and held in place with a belt, a sash across his hips, and something knotted around his waist. This last feature is unusual. He often has an antelope skin over his shoulder with the legs knotted across his chest. An other odd feature on this sculpture is the body proportions and the position of the right arm, which makes it look a little awkward. The legs are very thin and the hips look misshapen, yet the face is well made.

Same. At the Rubin Museum of Art (USA).

Same, stones missing. At the Rubin Museum of Art (USA).

This is one of many statues of Padmapani with more elegant body proportions, a more elaborate crown adorned with large bows, a bigger three-dimensional lotus, large hoops on his ears and elaborately pleated dhoti and sash.

13th-14th century. Private collection.

13th-14th century. Private collection.

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