Nepal, Shadakshari Lokeshvara – two styles

13th century, Nepal, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, gilt copper alloy, photo by Sotheby's.

13th century, Nepal, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, gilt copper alloy, photo by Sotheby’s.

This aspect of Avalokiteshvara (particularly popular in Tibet) has four arms, the main ones joined in prayer at heart level. His upper right hand holds a lotus bud, his upper left hand normally holds a piece of rope or a lasso. He is seated in the lotus position, the end of his incised lower garment is neatly pleated into a scallop shape under him.  He is adorned with jewellery studded with gems, a belt, a low crown and a jewel on top of his tall Pala-style chignon. The rectangular urna on his forehead and the delicate oval face with large eyes, a thin nose and big eyebrows,  as well as the clear gems mixed with turquoise and lapis lazuli, are all typical of Nepalese works, from the 13th century onwards.

14th century, Nepal, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, photo by Rossi & Rossi.

14th century, Nepal, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, photo by Rossi & Rossi.

This Indian-style sculpture combines the simplicity of ungilt works with large showy earrings and an ornate crown with upward-flying ribbons typical of the Nepalese Malla period.

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