Late Malla Avalokiteshvara – standing (3)

Standing Avalokitesvara , 16th century Nepal (Kathmandu Valley), Sandalwood, traces of polychrome and gold ; H. 6 in. (15.2 cm) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Rogers Fund, 1947 (47.108) http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/38441

Standing Avalokitesvara , 16th century, Nepal (Kathmandu Valley),
Sandalwood, traces of polychrome and gold, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, (USA).

Standing on a double lotus base with round petals, the bodhisattva of compassion holds his right hand in the gesture of supreme generosity and has the long stem of a lotus flower in the other. He is adorned with a crown and jewellery with a floral design, a long sacred thread, a belt and a sash placed diagonally and knotted to one side.

16th-17th century, Nepal, Padmapani, gilt copper alloy and pigment, private collection, photo by Mossgreen.

16th-17th century, Nepal, Padmapani, gilt copper alloy and pigment, private collection, photo by Mossgreen.

We saw a very similar Pala-revival sculpture of Avalokiteshvara in his padmapani form in a previous post. There is an effigy of Amitabha in his headdress, between the small floral tiara and his chignon. He is adorned with bulky jewellery with a floral motif and a matching belt.

16th-17th c., Nepal, Padmapani, Pala revival, gilt cop.+pig., 18,4 cm, Amitabha in crown, incised dhoti+palm, Mossgreen

His long dhoti is incised with lotus flowers and there is an incised diamond with a lotus at the centre in the palm of his right hand.

17th century circa

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

The mitre-like crown is specific to Nepal, and in particular to the Malla period. He is adorned with large jewellery with a floral motif and dressed in a long dhoti with an incised pattern, complemented by a belt with a pendant ribbon at the front and an incised sash worn across the thighs.

17th-18th century, Nepal, Avalokiteshvara, ivory, at the British Museum (UK)

17th-18th century, Nepal, Avalokiteshvara, ivory, at the British Museum (UK).

This Avalokiteshvara has a lotus embossed in the palm of his left hand. He also wears a crown, jewellery and belt with a floral motif, to remind us that he belongs to the lotus family.

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