Nepal, Dipankara

17th century circa, Nepal, Dipankara, gilt copper repoussé with wood, paint and stone inlay, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

17th century circa, Nepal, Dipankara, gilt copper repoussé with wood, paint and stone inlay, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

In Nepal, where he is particularly worshipped, this buddha of the past is usually depicted standing, his right hand held in the fear-allying gesture, the other extended in the gesture of supreme generosity, adorned with a crown, necklace and earrings, and  wearing a long pleated skirt-like garment and a brocaded shawl.

First half of the 17th century, Nepal, Dipankara, gilt and enamelled copper, at the Norton Simon Museum (USA).

First half of the 17th century, Nepal, Dipankara, gilt and enamelled copper, at the Norton Simon Museum (USA).

He has delicate Nepalese-style facial features that contrast with the rigidity of the body and the squarish feet.

Same as before, gilt copper repoussé, at the San Francisco Museum of Art (USA).

Same as before, gilt copper repoussé, at the San Francisco Museum of Art (USA).

His monkish lower garment is maroon, red or orange, with a golden pattern on the lower hem and in the middle. His shawl has a dark blue background.

17th century, Nepal, Dipankara, gilt copper and paint, private collection.

17th century, Nepal, Dipankara, gilt copper and paint, private collection, published on zentnercollection,com.

The above has a broader face with open eyes, dainty feet and toe nails, elongated fingers. The incised diamond containing an embossed lotus flower in the palm of his hands is a standard feature.

Same as before, gilt and enamelled copper, private collection, photo by A.J. Speelman.

Same as before, gilt and enamelled copper, private collection, published by A.J. Speelman.

We see him  here with Sariputra and Maugdalalyana, on a lotus base complete with back panel.

17th-18th century, Nepal, Dipankara, gilt copper alloy with paint and stones, at the Patan Museum, photo by Rupert Steiner.

17th-18th century, Nepal, Dipankara, gilt copper alloy with paint and stones, at the Patan Museum (Nepal).

The style of the crown varies but his necklace and earrings follow a standard pattern. There is a small raised urna on his forehead, round or tear-shaped, plain or studded with turquoise.

 

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