Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara (7)

14th century, Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, gilt copper alloy, private collection, Sotheby's.

14th century, Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, gilt copper alloy, private collection, Sotheby’s.

Shadakshari Lokeshvara, his main hands in prayer, the other two holding the rosary and (missing) lotus, is seated in the vajra position, dressed in a striped dhoti with scallop-shaped folds under his ankles.

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There is a buddha head (Amitabha) on his chignon and a small rectangular urna on his forehead. He wears stone-inlaid jewellery, including Nepalese Malla-style earrings.

Same as before, photo by Nagel auctions.

Same as before, copper alloy and pigments, private collection, photo by Nagel auctions.

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This one has a full effigy of Amitabha on his chignon…

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and what is supposed to be an antelope skin over his left shoulder.

15th century, Tibet, Shadakshari, gilt copper alloy with turquoise inlay, same as before.

15th century, Tibet, Shadakshari, gilt copper alloy with turquoise inlay, same as before.

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Another sculpture depicting him with Amitabha’s head on top of his own.

Late 15th century, Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, gilt copper alloy, same as before.

Late 15th century, Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, gilt copper alloy, same as before.

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Avalokiteshvara, of which Shadakshari Lokeshvara is a form,  is one of several deities who may have an effigy of Amitabha in their headdress.

 

 

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