Nepal, Late Malla wooden statues (2)

16th century circa, Nepal, Cintamani Lokeshvara, wood and paint, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (USA).

16th century circa, Nepal, Cintamani Lokeshvara, wood and paint, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (USA).

Specific to the Newar culture, this form of Avalokiteshvara is depicted standing under a wish-fulfilling tree, full of wish-granting gems. The above is in fact standing between two such trees, his feet resting on a double-lotus base, his left hand holding a bunch of gems (this photo is the wrong way round), his right hand held palm out in the varada mudra (supreme generosity). His broad sash forms a semi-circular shape at the front.

16th century, Nepal, bodhisattva, wood, private collection.

16th century, Nepal, bodhisattva, wood, private collection.

This is probably Avalokiteshvara, with his left hand doing the vitarka mudra. His sash goes across the front in a straight line and is knotted on one side. He wears a thin, pleated celestial scarf that drops in a vertical line after forming a loop over his left arm.

16th century, Nepal, Vasudhara, polychrome wood, at the Brooklyn Museum of Art (USA).

16th century, Nepal, Vasudhara, polychrome wood, at the Brooklyn Museum of Art (USA).

Particularly worshipped in Nepal, this female deity is associated with wealth and harvest. She is usually represented seated, with one face and two or six hands. This one has four hands, the top left hand holds a manuscript (the Prajnaparamita sutra), the lower one does the vitarka mudra and probably held a sheaf of grain, her top right hand does a musical gesture, the lower one held a now missing object, possibly a vase filled with jewels, or some raining jewels. The palm of her hands are painted red.

17th-18th century, Nepal, Tara, polychrome wood, at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford (UK).

17th-18th century, Nepal, Tara, polychrome wood, at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford (UK).

White Tara is seated on a plain pedestal, her right foot resting on a lotus flower attached to the base, her left hand holding the stem of a flower while doing the abhaya mudra (fear-allaying gesture).

18th century, Nepal, Hayagriva, painted wood, private collection.

18th century, Nepal, Hayagriva, painted wood, private collection.

This wrathful deity is identified through the green horse’s head on top of his own head. He is adorned with snakes and jewellery, a crown with bows and flowing ribbons. Long strands of curly hair fall over his shoulders.

18th century, Nepal, Tara, polychrome wood, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

18th century, Nepal, Tara, polychrome wood, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

 

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