Padmapani, early Malla period (7)

14th century, Nepal, Padmapani, gilt copper and stones, private collection, published on asianart.com

14th century, Nepal, Padmapani, gilt copper and stones, private collection, published on asianart.com

This style is very representative of the Malla period, but not exclusive to it…

14th century, Nepal, Avalokiteshara, black stone, private collection, photo by Christie's.

14th century, Nepal, Avalokiteshara, black stone, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Stone steles of the same period usually depict him wearing a mitre-like crown, often with an effigy of Amitabha at the front.

Same as before, published by Gallerie C. Hioco.

Same as before, published by Gallerie C. Hioco.

often accompanied by two smaller figures, who may be attendants or devotees (as above).

14th c., Nepal, Padmapani, stone, 26 cm, Amitabha in crown, lotus detail, gallerie C. Hioco

This Padmapani has an incised four-petal flower inside a rhombus in the palm of his hand.

15th century, Nepal, Avalokiteshvara, stone, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

15th century, Nepal, Avalokiteshvara, stone, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

There is often a second lotus stemming from the base, to his right.

15th century, Nepal, Avalokiteshvara, gilt copper alloy, private collection, published by Endless Knot.

15th century, Nepal, Avalokiteshvara, gilt copper alloy, private collection, published by Endless Knot.

It is unusual to see the mitre-like crown on Malla period metal sculptures of Avalokiteshvara in his padmapani form.

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