Tibet, Avalokiteshvara – standing (4)

13th century, Tibet, Avalokiteshvara, brass, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

13th century, Tibet, Avalokiteshvara, brass, private collection.

Avalokiteshvara, surrounded with lotuses, stands on a small double-lotus base over a ‘tortoise pedestal’, both typical of the Pala style (11th and 12th century) in Northeast India. He has a very tall chignon and a small tiara with upward flowing ribbons, an ankle-length dhoti, a sacred thread.

13th century, Tibet, Avalokiteshvara, silver with turquoise inlay, private collection, same as before.

13th century, Tibet, Avalokiteshvara, silver with turquoise and pearl inlay, Nyingjei Lam collection on Himalayan Art Resources.

On this singular piece with harmonious proportions, the chignon has been replaced by a pearl topped with a large turquoise finial. Avalokiteshavara stands on a gilt copper alloy lotus base, his right hand doing the vitarka mudra, the other hand holding the stem of a (broken) lotus. The armbands, buckle and one pendant are also rendered with large turquoise cabochons. The pendant on his longer necklace is inlaid with a clear gemstone. His small tiara is decorated with large bows that enhance his gentle Tibetan facial features.

13th c., Tibet, Avalokiteshvara Padmapani, silver, antelope skin

There is a miniature antelope skin over his left shoulder, a tear-shaped urna on his forehead, a broad sash with an incised motif across his chest.

13th century, Tibet, Avalokiteshavara, copper alloy inlaid with stones, same as before.

13th century, Tibet, Avalokiteshavara, copper alloy inlaid with stones, at the Rubin Museum of Art (USA).

This sculpture depicts Avalokiteshvara standing on a lotus over a throne supported by yakshas, holding the stem of a lotus in his left hand. The back panel is decorated with a row of flames on the outside and scrolls of vegetation on the inside.

13th c.,Tibet, Padmapani metal+stones+cold g., dhoti+waterpot

There is a ritual water pot in his right hand. he wears a transparent dhoti held in place with a belt and a thin sash across his thighs. He has an idealised torso with a narrow waist and no navel.

13th c.,Tibet, Padmapani metal+stones+cold g., kyung+Amitabha

There is a garuda at the top of the mandorla and an effigy of Amitabha in his crown.

Undated, Tibet, Avalokiteshvara, at the Tibet House Museum in New Delhi, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Undated (14th century or before?), Tibet, Avalokiteshvara, at the Tibet House Museum in New Delhi, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

The body of this Avalokiteshvara is reminiscent of the (Nepalese) Early Malla style although somewhat stiffer and with the arms held rigidly. He has Tibetan facial features (painted with cold gold and pigments and the hair painted with lapis lazuli powder).

14th c?, Tibet, Avalokiteshvara, Early Malla style, Amitabha in crown

There is an effigy of Amitabha on the front panel of his three-leaf crown.

14th century circa, Tibet, Avalokiteshvara, gilt copper alloy with pigments, at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa.

14th century circa, Tibet, Avalokiteshvara, gilt copper alloy with pigments, at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa.

 

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