Tibet, Achala (6)

12th century, Tibet, Achala, gilt copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

12th century, Tibet, Achala, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Standing on Ganapati over a double-lotus base with plump petals, Achala brandishes a sword in his right hand and does the tarjani mudra (threatening gesture) with the other. He wears a tiger skin dhoti (the head of the animal rests on his bent knee), a short celestial scarf over his shoulders and a sash flowing over his hips (the two pieces secured with a rod). He is adorned with bone necklaces, snake jewellery and sacred cord, a crown. There is a small buddha on top of his flaming hair.

12th c., Tibet, Achala, gilt metal, 10 cm, Tsug Lakhang

Same as before, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

The above has a tripartite chignon and a small tiara.

12th-13th century, Tibet, Achala, brass, private collection, photo by Christie's.

12th-13th century, Tibet, Achala, brass, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Here, his Left hand does the karana mudra (sometimes called tarjani) and holds a vajra-handled noose.

12th-13th c., Tibet, Achala, brass, 16,5 cm, sword+noose, close up

There is a small buddha in his headdress.

13th century, Tibet, Achala, brass, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

13th century, Tibet, Achala, brass, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

Sculptures worshiped in Lhasa normally have cold gold on their face and blue pigment (usually lapis lazuli) on their hair, but wrathful deities have flaming hair dyed with orange or red pigment.

Same as before, is or was in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

Same as before, is or was in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

However, there is always an exception to the rule and this one, Nila Achala, has blue hair. He holds a noose in his left hand.

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