Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara (4)

13th-14th century, Tibet, Shadakshari, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Rossi & Rossi.

13th-14th century, Tibet, Shadakshari, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Rossi & Rossi.

The bodhisattva is seated on an unusual double-lotus base with a scrolled motif enclosing humans and animals. He has a slender body with a thin waist and is adorned with a tall five-leaf crown inlaid with lapis lazuli and turquoise and princely jewellery also inlaid with stones. His tall Indian-style chignon is capped with a flower. He wears an ankle-length dhoti with an incised hem and waistband. In his upper left hand he holds the stalk of a (broken) lotus, the rosary in his other upper hand is missing.

14th century, same as before, photo by Christie's.

14th century,  Tibet, Avalokiteshvara Chaturbhuja, brass, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Avalokiteshvara Chaturbhuja, i.e. ‘Avalokiteshvara with four arms’ is  commonly referred to as Shadakshari Lokeshvara .

14th c?,Tibet, Avalokiteshvara Chaturbhuja, brass+cop.sil. inlay, face

This brass figure has silver-inlaid eyes and urna. The panel of the crown are inlaid with large stones (or coral).

Same as before, photo by Koller.

Same as before, photo by Koller West.

Another style, with another type of lotus base and different type of draping, that became very popular during the 15th century onwards.

same as before,

14th century, Tibet, brass with stone inlay, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

As we have seen before, during the 13th and 14th century the celestial scarf often forms an arch behind the bodhisattva or the buddha. This one is placed particularly high up.

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