Tibet, a singular Phagpa Lokeshvara

Carbon dated 13th-14th century, Nepal, Kathmandu Valley, polychrome wood, published by John Eskenazi.

Carbon dated 15th century circa, Tibet, polychrome wood, private collection.

Detail of the middle panel of the crown with Amitabha represented like Phagpa Lokeshvara himself.

Detail of the middle panel of the crown with a bodhisattva represented like Phagpa Lokeshvara himself.

15th c. cir., Tibet, Phagpa Lokeshvara, polychrome wood, head

Detail of the belt and sash, both with a lotus design.

Detail of the belt and sash, both with a lotus design.

The broad face  and the use of lapis lazuli powder in the hair indicate that this sculpture was made (or made to be worshipped) in Tibet. The two most remarkable features are the sash, decorated with a lotus design, and the central panel of the crown showing a miniature replica of the bodhisattva but without a crown (instead of an effigy of the buddha Amitabha normally associated with Avalokiteshvara).

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