Particularly worshipped in Nepal, Amoghapasha Lokeshvara is shown here in his rarer one-face and 12-hand form. He wears a single-panel headdress with an effigy of Amitabha at the centre, a sacred thread, a long dhoti, a sash knotted to one side. The absence of jewellery gives it a sobriety proper to the previous Licchavi period. His upper left hand holds a sword, two of the middle ones hold a pot of water, the other two a round object, possibly a jewel. The main right hand does the fear-allying gesture, another two are extended palm out (gesture of supreme generosity), the middle one could be holding a lotus flower and the next one up a lotus stalk. There is a serrated flaming halo fastened to his back.
11th-12th century, Nepal, Amoghapasha Lokeshvara, gilt copper, photo by Xanadu, also published by Bonhams.
This is an interesting mixture of Nepalese features, a halo with U-shaped flames seen on works from Jammu and Kashmir, and a double-lotus base with flat pointed petals more proper to Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh. In his left hands there is a manuscript, a triratna (set of three jewels), 2 pots of water, a rosary. Three of his right hands display an incised lotus flower, another one holds a small oval object. His lower garment is richly decorated with bands of incised scrolls and flowers, he wears a sash knotted to one side and a long sacred thread but no jewellery except for a short necklace.