Nepal, Avalokiteshvara – shadbhuja

16th century, Nepal, Three Malla Kingdoms, gilt copper alloy, at the Asia Society Museum in New York (USA).

16th century, Nepal, Three Malla Kingdoms, Avalokiteshvara, gilt copper alloy, at the Asia Society Museum in New York (USA).

In his one-head and six-arm form (shadbhuja), Avalokiteshvara sits with a leg pendant, holding a fly whisk, a thunderbolt and a noose in his right hands, a vajra-hook, a long-stem lotus and a water pot in his left hands. There is an effigy of Amitabha in his headdress and a tall rectangular urna on his forehead.  He wears an antelope skin knotted across his chest, a sash, an ankle-length dhoti richly incised with a floral motif, princely jewellery including large floral earrings. Unlike the majority of images seen so far, he wears a sacred thread over his right shoulder rather than on the other side. A devotee is kneeling on a lotus bud that stems from the central column which supports the large lotus flower on which he sits.

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