Nepal, Amoghapasha Lokeshvara (2)

14th century, Nepal, Early Malla period, bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara Amoghapasha, polychrome wood, at the Free Sackler Gallery

14th century, Nepal, Early Malla period, bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara Amoghapasha, polychrome shall wood, 162,5 cm, at the Free Sackler Gallery.

This nearly life-size sculpture depicts Amoghapasha Lokeshvara in his one-head eight-hand form (2 arms missing), standing on a small single-lotus pedestal, wearing a five-leaf crown with bows and foliate ribbons, some jewellery, and a lower garment knotted on each side of the waist, held in place with a belt and decorated with a broad sash placed low down the hips. There is an oblong urna on his forehead and lotus bud finial on his tall chignon. The attributes are missing from his hands, the lower right hand does the varada mudra (supreme generosity).

14th-15th century, Nepal, bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara Amoghapasha, wood with gesho, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (USA)

14th-15th century, Nepal, Amoghapasha Lokeshvara, wood with gesso and traces of paint, 175 cm, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (USA).

This life-size one-head and eight-arm version, with most arms broken, is one of a series  that depict him unadorned, with an effigy of Amitabha in his chignon, standing on a small single-lotus pedestal. The above wears a transparent dhoti, of which we only see the waistband marked with a short line below the navel. His lower right hand is extended palm out in the varada mudra and holds a (broken) water pot , the middle finger on the other side points to the ground, the second hand on the right was held out in the abhaya mudra (fear-allaying gesture), as below.

15th century or earlier, Nepal, Amoghapasha Lokeshvara, wood and traces of paint, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (USA).

15th century or earlier, Nepal, Amoghapasha Lokeshvara, wood and traces of paint, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (USA).

On this similar version (169 cm) the lower garment is decorated with broad bands of a different colour. The lower hands do the same gestures as before.

15th century, Nepal, Amoghapasha Lokeshvara, polychrome wood, private collection, published by Carlton Rochell.

15th century, Nepal, Amoghapasha Lokeshvara, polychrome wood, 171,5 cm private collection, published by Carlton Rochell.

This is a one-head and four-hand version, with a tiger skin dhoti around his waist and a small object in the palm of his right hand

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