Phagpa Lokeshvara, metal statues

12th century, Tibet, Phagpa Lokeshvara, copper alloy, from the Pritzker Collection.

12th century, Tibet, Phagpa Lokeshvara, copper alloy, from the Pritzker Collection.

Metal statues of Phagpa Lokeshvara are very few. Like their wooden counterpart, they all differ  from the original. On this one, the right hand is apart from the body, the sash is wider and hanging on one side, the hips are rounder, the legs thicker, the mass of hair is slightly longer and flatter, there is no effigy of Amitabha on the crown.

Undated, Nepal or Tibet, cast bronze, at the National Museum, Kathmandu.

Undated, Tibet or Nepal, cast bronze, at the National Museum, Kathmandu.

Here the sash is thin, like the original, but placed much lower and hanging to one side, as on many sculptures of bodhisattvas made in Nepal around the 12th and 13th century. There is no effigy of Amitabha in the crown. Instead of the usual squarish earrings, he is wearing a floral design which we have seen on a Nepalese wooden sculpture published previously.

 

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