Nepal, early Malla Amoghasiddhi

14th c., Nepal, Kathmandu Valley, bodhisattva, c.a.+cold g.+gems, 19,7 cm, Alsdorf col., Chicago Art Institute

14th c., Nepal, Kathmandu Valley, (Amoghashiddhi?) labelled ‘bodhisattva’, copper alloy with cold gold and gems, at the Chicago Art Institute (USA).

During the Nepalese Malla period bodhisattvas and buddhas were sometimes depicted with the left leg placed over the other and the left hand resting over the knee. The above is adorned with princely attire and holds his right hand in the abhaya mudra  (instead of the dhyana mudra). There is a diamond incised on the soles of his feet and he wears rings on two of his fingers.

15th century, Nepal, Amoghasiddhi, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie's.

15th century, Nepal, Amoghasiddhi, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

This is a similar sculpture with the same features.

15th c., Nepal, Amoghasiddhi, gilt c.a., half-vajra on head, 21,5 cm, leg folded over the other, Christie's

Apart from a five-leaf crown with flowing ribbons and side bows, he wears stone-inlaid jewellery including armbands and matching adornments worn above the ankles that help date it to the 15th century. He also wears a ring on the left index.

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