Nepal, Amoghapasha Lokeshvara (4)

16th century, Nepal, Amoghapasha Lokeshvara, gilt copper alloy, at the Norton Simon Museum (USA).

16th century, Nepal, Amoghapasha Lokeshvara, gilt copper alloy, at the Norton Simon Museum (USA).

Amoghapasha Lokeshvara, with one head and eight hands, his legs rather short and stiff, adorned with heavy jewellery, a sacred thread, ornate belt and sash, holds in his left hands a manuscript, a lotus flower, and a water pot, and  in one of his right hands a trident (normally on the left-hand side on the 8-arm Nepalese version), the other two doing the abhaya and the varada mudras. The noose and rosary are missing.

Same as before, at the British Museum (UK).

Same as before, at the British Museum (UK).

Here he has the book, the trident, the lotus flower and the water pot in his left hands, the (broken) rosary and the noose in two of his right hands, the others displaying the fear-allaying and supreme generosity gestures. The flat round design on his jewellery and belt is typical of the late Malla period, as are the rigid legs and squarish feet.

17th century, Nepal, Amoghapasha Lokeshvara, gilt copper, private collection, photo by Sotheby's.

17th century, Nepal, Amoghapasha Lokeshvara, gilt copper, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

On this later work, we can see how the tridandi or trident is made of lotus buds.

17th c., Nepal, Amoghapasha, gilt copper, 19,5 cm, rosary, book, noose, trident lotus, lotus, water pot, varada, abhaya, close, Sotheby's

He wears an ornate crown with a large floral motif on each panel, matching bows, earrings, necklace and armbands, a beaded sacred thread, bangles – no anklets. The pointed ends of his belt and sash are decorated with a  jewel, the palm of two of his hands is incised with a diamond, one of them with a flower inside.

17th century, Nepal, Amoghapasha Lokeshvara, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie's.

17th century, Nepal, Amoghapasha Lokeshvara, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

A similar sculpture, with two kneeling figures (worshippers), one of them holding a sprouting plant (probably a lotus) attached to the base in his right hand and a lotus flower in the other.

17th-18th century, Nepal, Amoghapasha Lokeshvara, gilt copper alloy, at the San Francisco museum

17th-18th century, Nepal, Amoghapasha Lokeshvara, gilt copper alloy, at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum.

Another example with large floral ornaments and a jewel at the end of  the belt and the tips of the sash.

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