Tibet, Achala (8)

13th century, Tibet, Achala, brass, collection of Poly Auction, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

13th century, Tibet, Blue Achala, brass, collection of Poly Auction, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Blue Achala (who has a blue body on paintings) is the most common form of Achala sculptures. He may be kneeling or standing and he has a sword in his right hand and a noose in the other, with his fingers doing the karana mudra (to ward off evil).

14th century, Tibet, Achala, copper alloy and stones, private collection, photo by Christie's.

14th century, Tibet, Achala, copper alloy and stones, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

He often stands on Ganapati.

14th c., Tibet, Achala, bronze+stones, 17 cm, close up

The above has a square face with the standard three eyes and bared fangs that bite his lower lip. His hair is fastened to form a mitre-like shape. His five-leaf crown is decorated with flowing ribbons and semi-precious stones.

14th century, Tibet, Achala, copper alloy and pigments, at a mountain sanctuary, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

14th century, Tibet,  Achala, copper alloy and pigments, at a mountain sanctuary, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Achala sometimes raises his left index to do the lion gesture or tarjani mudra.

14th c., Tibet, Achala, bronze+pig., close up

On this rare work, the crown panels are made of buddhas and there is a small buddha on top of his mitre-like chignon,

14th c., Tibet, Achala, bronze+pig., buddha at back

plus another at the back, likely to be the five dyani buddhas.

14th century (or later copy?), Tibet, Achala, c.a., published on gg-art.com.

14th century (or later copy?), Tibet, Achala, c.a., published on gg-art.com.

 

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