Late Malla Avalokiteshvara – standing (2)

 

16th century, Nepal or Nepalese artist in Tibet, Avalokiteshvara, gilt copper alloy, Philadelphia Museum of Art (USA).

16th century, Nepal or Nepalese artist in Tibet, Avalokiteshvara, gilt copper alloy and turquoise inlay, Philadelphia Museum of Art (USA).

Avalokiteshvara, in his padmapani form, holds the stem of an eight-petal lotus flower in his left hand and displays the varada mudra (supreme generosity) with the other. He is adorned with floral jewellery, matching belt and hair ornament on his chignon, a five-leaf crown and a Chinese-style swirling celestial scarf. A foliate halo typical of the Late Malla period is fastened to his shoulders. The left leg is slightly bent and the knee cap prominent.

16th century, Nepal, Avalokiteshvara, gilt copper, John and Berthe Ford collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

16th century, Nepal, Avalokiteshvara, gilt copper, John and Berthe Ford collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

The above wears a sash tightly drawn across his chest.

Same as before, private collection, photo by Sotheby's.

Same as before, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

This is another example of the bodhisattva standing rather stiffly, but with the head slightly bent. His celestial scarf and the sash over his dhoti are richly incised with a floral pattern. There is an incised diamond in the palm of his right hand.

16th century, Nepal, Avalokiteshvara, gilt copper alloy, private collection.

16th century, Nepal, Avalokiteshvara, gilt copper alloy, private collection.

This work is closer in style to the early Malla period, with a graceful pose and more realistic limbs.

17th century circa, Nepal, Padmapani, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie's.

17th century circa, Nepal, Padmapani, bronze and stone inlay, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

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