Phagpa Lokeshvara, variants

15th century circa, Tibet, Phagpa Lokeshvara, wood, private collection.

15th century circa, Tibet, Phagpa Lokeshvara, wood, private collection.

This rare statue of Phagpa Lokeshvara has a round face, no hair sticking out on each side of the crown (possibly broken), only some loose strands over his shoulders. He seems to be holding the end of his sash with his left hand while holding his right hand quite far from his hip, palm open in the generosity mudra and showing a lotus bud. As on some other copies of the original, there is a piece of cloth flowing to his left side.

13th-14th century circa (carbon dated), Nepal, Phagpa Lokeshvara, wood with traces of red pigment, made in the Kathmandu Valley, published by John Eskenazi.

13th-14th century circa (carbon dated), Nepal, Phagpa Lokeshvara, wood with traces of red pigment, made in the Kathmandu Valley, published by John Eskenazi.

This earlier example is quite different from the 7th century original published in a previous post. He has a mitre-like crown with no effigy of himself at the front but a lotus design matching his earrings. There are some bows on each side of the crown but no hair showing except for a few loose strands over the shoulders. The body is more muscular, especially the thighs.  He has a lotus bud in the palm of his right hand. The facial features are a little broader but not as round as with the Tibetan style.

13th century, Tibet, Phaga Lokeshvara, wood and cold gold, private collection.

13th century, Tibet, Phaga Lokeshvara, wood and cold gold, Rubin Museum of Art (USA).

This is a very individual representation, with the same type of crown as the original but without the effigy of himself in the middle, the same type of earrings, belt and sash, a slightly bigger mass of hair, a Tibetan-style moon-like, and remarkably exaggerated body proportions: big head, square shoulders and developed pectorals, short trunk, short legs, long arms with big hands. The stiffness of the body also contrasts with the graceful Nepalese original.

 

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