Nepal, early Malla – Akshobhya

14th-15th century, Nepal, Akshobhya, gilt copper alloy, private collection.

14th-15th century, Nepal, Akshobhya, gilt copper alloy, private collection.

Akshobhya is depicted here in his buddha appearance, without jewellery or crown,  sitting in the lotus position, his right hand calling Earth to witness, the left hand cupped to hold a begging bowl. One end of his transparent robe is neatly arranged into a small scallop-shape over his left shoulder.The round shape of the urna on his forehead and the use of turquoise inlay suggests this work was made to be used in Tibet. He has a broad forehead and an oval chin, square shoulders and sturdy limbs which contrast with his thin waist.

15th century, Nepal, Akshobhya (or crowned Shakyamuni), gilt copper and stone inlay, private collection.

15th century, Nepal, Akshobhya, gilt copper and stone inlay, private collection.

Akshobhya is wearing a very low five-leaf crown inlaid with stones (now missing) and decorated with coral-inlaid rosettes and ribbons that fall behind his ears in a typical Nepalese fashion.  He has a wide forehead with a white a tear-drop urna at the centre. His shoulders are exaggeratedly broad. One end of his transparent garment is pleated in a fan shape over his left shoulder. The seams are decorated with beading that matches the top and bottom of the double-lotus base. The latter has narrow elongated fat petals often seen on 15th century Nepalese and Tibetan sculptures. We will note the beading across his left arm that goes parallel with the beading of the hem across his chest.

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