Western Tibet, Avalokiteshvara – standing (7)

11th century, Western Tibet, Avalokiteshvara, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie's.

11th century, Western Tibet, Avalokiteshvara, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Avalokiteshvara holds the stem of a lotus in his left hand while doing the abhaya mudra (fear-allaying) with the other. There is an antelope skin over his left shoulder, neatly knotted across his chest.

11th c., Western Tibet, Padmapani,  bronze, 56 cm, close up

He wears a crown with three triangular panels and an effigy of Amitabha at the front, the headband has a central rectangle with a (missing) inlaid stone. His eyes and his raised urna are inlaid with silver. Long strands of plaited hair fall over his shoulders. He has a plump squarish face with Kashmiri facial features (pointed nose, pursed lips, elongated eyes with small pupils).

12th-13th century, Tibet, Avalokiteshvara, brass, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

12th-13th century, Tibet, Avalokiteshvara, brass, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

This figure with a doll-like body and traces of cold gold on the face also has an effigy of Amitabha in his crown and an antelope skin over his left shoulder. The lotus attached to his left elbow is missing, his right hand does the gesture of generosity (varada mudra), the other does the vitarka mudra (debate/discussion).

12th-13th c., Western Tibet, Avalokiteshvara, brass, antelope skin

His fine hands with elongated fingers contrast with his rather tubular and rigid legs.

12th-13th century, Western Tibet, Avalokiteshvara, bronze, at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

12th-13th century, Western Tibet, Avalokiteshvara, bronze, at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

This elegant and well-proportioned sculpture marries Kashmiri elements such as his facial features, (broken) crown panels, marked pectorals, lobed abdomen, with West Tibetan features (garland of flowers, large lotus flower and large earrings, prominent bows, rigid legs with marked knee caps, the dhoti longer on one side, the way he holds his right arm at a slant) and Indian-style beaded jewellery and festooned belt.

12th-13th c., Western Tibet, Padmapani, bronze, 93,5 cm, close up, Boston mfa

Long strands of matted hair fall over his shoulders. He wears a sacred thread along his left side.

 

 

 

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