Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara (3)

Undated, Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, brass, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (USA).

Undated, Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, brass, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (USA).

This (Indian) Pala-style figure is seated on a double-lotus base with broad petals sometimes seen on 12th-13th century Tibetan works. The bodhisattva holds a lotus flower and a rosary in his upper hands.

12th-13th century, Western Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, brass, private collection, photo by Dreweatts.

12th-13th century, Western Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, brass, private collection, photo by Dreweatts.

Seated on a double-lotus base with small plump petals, adorned with simple jewellery, a tall five-leaf crown with large bows and ribbons, his chignon topped with a sculpture of Amitabha, Shadakshari Lokeshvara has silver-inlaid eyes and a large raised urna above the centre of his thin eyebrows marked with a single wavy line.

15th century circa, Central Tibet, Tsang atelier, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, brass, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Circa 15th century, Central Tibet, Tsang atelier, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

This is probably one of the many masterpieces produced in the Tsang province during the 15th-16th century. They are recognisable through the double-lotus base with thin petals with curly ends, inspired from the Yongle style, the use of ungilt brass/light copper alloy inlaid with silver and often copper, the facial features, the Chinese-style draping of the lower garment.

15th c. cir., Central Tibet, Tsang atelier, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, c.a., silver eyes, Amitabha in crown

The bodhisattva has silver-inlaid eyes, thin eyebrows topped with a large turquoise-inlaid urna, small pursed lips, a squarish face. He wears a five-leaf crown with minute rosettes, discreet ribbons and no bows. There is a stele of Amitabha on top of his chignon.

15th century, Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, gilt copper alloy inlaid with stones, private collection, published by famarte.com

15th century, Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, gilt copper alloy inlaid with stones, private collection, published by famarte.com

This Nepalese-style work is richly gilt and inlaid with stones, even the lotus he holds has a small turquoise cabochon at the centre. His chignon is topped with a small statue of Amitabha.

Same as before, photo by Koller.

Same as before, photo by Koller.

The other example is inlaid with glass. His crown is adorned with bows and ribbons, the ends of which are inlaid with small glass cabochons that match his earrings.

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