Tibet, Phagpa Lokeshvara variants

There is a number of wooden Phagpa Lokeshvara sculptures thought to be from Tibet which follow a standard design, although this design is quite different from the famous original 7th century Nepalese figure at the Potala.

13th century circa, Tibet, Phagpa Lokeshvara, polychrome wood, photo by

13th century circa, Tibet, Phagpa Lokeshvara, polychrome wood, photo by Michael Cohn.

They all depict him with a taller three-leaf crown,  without an effigy of  himself at the centre. He wears the same bulky earrings and thin belt to hold his long dhoti.

14th century or later, Tibet, polychrome wood,

14th century or later, Tibet, polychrome wood, photo by Sotheby’s.

but the sash across his hips is broader and falls lower down. It is sometimes knotted at the side, as on the previous photo.

16th century, Tibet, wood and pigment, photo by Astamangala.

16th century, Tibet, wood and pigment, photo by Astamangala.

On all of them, the facial features are broader and the limbs fleshier. In the absence of inscriptions, it is impossible to known with certainty whether the sculptures were made by a Tibetan rather than a Nepalese artist but they certainly correspond to the Tibetan standards.

 

 

 

 

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