Nepal, Licchavi period – rare sculptures

7th-8th century, Nepal, Vasudhara, bronze, private collection, photo by Christie's.

7th-8th century, Nepal, Vasudhara, bronze, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Vasudhara is depicted in her one-head and six-hand form, seated on a lion throne (unusual in Nepal), adorned with jewellery, her right foot resting on a lotus attached to the base.

7th-8th c., Nepal, Vasudhara, bronze, rare, lion throne, holds jewel, book, foliate tiara, hair in 2 buns at back, 13,8 cm, close up, Christie's

 

She holds a jewel in her lower left hand and a book (the Prajnaparamita sutra) in her middle right hand. The other two right hands are doing the varada mudra and the gesture accompanying music. The attributes in her missing left hands were almost certainly a long-life vase and a sheaf of grain.

8th century, Nepal, Hayagriva, gilt copper, private collection, photo by Rossi&Rossi.

8th century, Nepal, Hayagriva, gilt copper, private collection, photo by Rossi&Rossi.

Hayagriva, in his one-head and two-hand form, recognizable through the head of a horse on top of his own, is half kneeling and half crouching on a Licchavi-style double-lotus base. He is  adorned with snake jewellery and sacred thread, and wears a tiger skin dhoti with the head of the animal over his left knee. The attributes are missing. In Tibet, he often holds a stick and does a symbolical gesture with the other hand. In Nepal, he is more likely to hold a club and a lotus.

7th-8th century, Nepal, Shakyamuni, stone, private collection, photo by Christie's.

7th-8th century, Nepal, Shakyamuni, stone, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

The historical buddha is seated in the vajra position, both hands in the dhyana mudra, the sole of his feet incised with a lotus flower, a halo behind his head. His diaphanous robe covers both shoulder. The smooth body and hour-glass waist point to the early Licchavi period.

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