Nepal, Khasa Malla (14)

13th century, Nepal, Khasa Malla region, Hevajra and Nairatmya, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie's.

13th century, Nepal, Khasa Malla region, Hevajra and Nairatmya, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Standing on a double lotus pedestal with heart-shaped petals and a row of thick beading, Hevajra, with 4 legs, 8 faces, 16 arms, embraces his consort with his main hands, in which he holds an elephant and the god of the East. His other hands hold skull cups containing animals and human figures related to different mantras from the Hevajra Tantra text. Both deities are adorned with bone jewellery and festooned skull crowns. She holds a flaying knife and a skull cup and wears a festooned bone apron. He has a garland of fifty severed human heads around his neck and wears a tiger skin knotted around his waist. It is unusual for a figure, may be a devotee, to kneel under them.

13th c., Nepal, Khasa Malla, Hevajra+Nairatmya, gilt c.a., 4 legs 8 faces 16 arms, 22,8 cm, kneeling figure, delineated joints, Christie's

They stand on two victims, Ignorance and Ego. We will note the incisions to delineate the joints on their toes (and probably on the back of their hands).

13th century, Nepal, Khasa Malla region, Shakyamuni, gilt copper alloy, published on mdauc.com.

13th century, Nepal, Khasa Malla region, Shakyamuni, gilt copper alloy, published on mdauc.com.

On this traditional image of the historical buddha, the hem of the sanghati is decorated with an incised rice grain and beading pattern, the joints of the fingers are delineated (we have already seen two examples of incisions on the inside rather than the outside of the hand), the face is full, with a turquoise urna on the forehead and pink lips, there is a rosette on top of his ears, the latter marked with a curved incision.

14th century circa, Nepal, Khasa Malla region, Bhaisajyaguru, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Sotheby's.

14th century circa, Nepal, Khasa Malla region, Bhaisajyaguru, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

Bhaisajyaguru, one of the medicine buddha, holds a bowl of medicine in one hand and a myrobalan fruit in the other, held in the varada mudra.

14th c cir.., Nepal, Khasa Malla, Bhaisajyaguru, gilt c.a., 19,8 cm, bowl+myrobalan, back

The unfinished  back of the figure (and pedestal) coupled with the red paint indicate that the sculpture comes from the Khasa Malla region.

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