Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara (6)

13th century, Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Sotheby's.

13th century, Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

His main hands in prayer, the other two holding a rosary and a lotus flower, Shadakshari Lokeshvara  is seated on a lotus base with two rows of plump petals, one smaller than the other.

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He wears princely jewellery inlaid with stones, the rim of his crown, his longer necklace and his eyes are inlaid with silver.

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The hem of his dhoti is inlaid with copper and decorated with beading, geometrical incisions and a stippled floral motif.

13th-14th century, Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, copper alloy, at the Hermitage Museum un St Petersburg (Russia).

13th-14th century, Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, copper alloy, at the Hermitage Museum un St Petersburg (Russia).

Same style of crown and jewellery but without stone or metal inlay.

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The face is painted with cold gold and pigments, there are traces of cold gold on his hands and feet.

14th century, Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, brass, at the Fondation Alain Bordier in Gruyère (Switzerland).

14th century, Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, brass, at the Fondation Alain Bordier in Gruyère (Switzerland).

This piece depicts him with a five-leaf crown and matching finial and jewellery. The seat is covered with a small cloth.

14th century, same as before, copper alloy with cold gold and pigments, private collection, photo by Sotheby's.

14th century, same as before, copper alloy with cold gold and pigments, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

This four-arm form of Avalokiteshvara seems to have been particularly popular in Tibet.

14th-15th century, Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, copper alloy with silver and copper inlay, private collection, photo by Christie's.

14th-15th century, Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, copper alloy with silver and copper inlay, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

An early Pala-Revival work with the deity seated on a tall lotus base with heart-shaped petals and thick beading, wearing a long dhoti with a silver and copper inlaid floral pattern, a thin celestial scarf with the ends flowing upwards, an antelope skin over his left shoulder, floral jewellery and a lotus on his chignon.

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