Nepal, Khasa Malla (9)

13th-14th century, Khasa Malla Kingdom, donor, gilt copper, published by Ian Alsop.

13th-14th century, Khasa Malla Kingdom, donor, gilt copper, published by Ian Alsop.

The majority of sculptures from the Khasa Malla Kingdom (Nepal/Tibet, 12th-14th century) have a square face, broad shoulders and sturdy limbs. The tip of the smaller petals on the lotus base is usually curved inwards, like an inverted apple or heart-shaped figure.

14th century, Khasa Malla Kingdom, Shakyamuni, gilt copper, private collection.

14th century, Khasa Malla Kingdom, Shakyamuni, gilt copper, private collection.

The red paint at the back of this work is an indication that it was worshipped in the Khasa Malla Kingdom. The historical buddha has a conical chignon topped with a jewel studded with a (missing) stone. He has square shoulders and long limbs. The broad hem of his garment is incised with a geometrical pattern.

14th century circa, Khasa Malla Kingdom, Shakyamuni, gilt copper alloy, photo by Christie's.

14th century circa, Khasa Malla Kingdom, Shakyamuni, gilt copper alloy, photo by Christie’s.

This small buddha with broad shoulders and long arms has unusual hair adornments and a chignon piled up on his head. His transparent garment leaves the right arm bare but it covers the chest on that side, which is also unusual. The shape of the flaming arch behind him is typical of Khasa Malla art.

 

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