Nepal, a few early sculptures

6th-7th century, Nepal, Avalokiteshvara, wood, gesso and paint, at the Freer Sackler gallery (USA).

6th-7th century, Nepal, Avalokiteshvara, wood, gesso and paint, at the Freer Sackler gallery (USA).

Adorned with simple jewellery and a tall three-leaf crown, his transparent dhoti held in place with a red belt with a pendant at the front, a matching sash worn across the hips and knotted on one side, Avalokiteshvara probably held the stem of a lotus in his left hand while doing the abhaya mudra with the other.

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

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

His hands do the vitarka and dhyana mudras, he wears a transparent robe that covers both shoulders.

8th century, Nepal, female figure, dark bronze with pigment, at the Rubin Museum of Art

8th century, Nepal, female figure, dark bronze with pigment, at the Rubin Museum of Art USA).

This smooth dark bronze figure from the Licchavi period depicts a woman, perhaps a dancer, adorned with jewellery, wearing a long pleated skirt, her hair fastened in a fan-shaped bunch.

Undated, Nepal, Vajrapani, copper, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Undated, Nepal, Vajrapani, copper, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

The bodhisattva holds an upright vajra in his right hand. His long dhoti, tied at the waist, has an incised hem. He wears a thin headband, large floral earrings, simple bracelets, a necklace with a pendant and large armbands.

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