Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara (8)

14th-15th century, Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, gilt copper alloy with stone inlay, private collection, photo by sotheby's.

14th-15th century, Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, gilt copper alloy with stone inlay, private collection, photo by sotheby’s.

This four-arm form of Avalokiteshvara normally holds an open lotus flower in his left hand but this one holds a blue lotus, which is never shown open. The rosary is missing from his right hand.

Late 15th century, Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, bronze (brass), private collection, photo by Christie's.

Late 15th century, Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Seated on a brocaded cushion, the deity wears a striped dhoti decorated with a stippled pattern. His showy headdress includes a large flaming jewel finial.

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There are lotuses fastened to the base.

15th century, same as before, gilt copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

15th century, same as before, gilt copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Here, the celestial scarf acts as a halo.

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15th century, Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, bronze, private collection, photo by Koller.

On this Chinese-style sculpture, he wears a loosely draped dhoti and a thin scarf over his shoulders, a festooned necklace and large floral earrings.

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15th century, Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, copper alloy and cold gold, at the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg (Russia).

A dark copper alloy figure with cold gold and pigments on the face, wearing a scarf and a loosely draped dhoti, both with an incised hem.

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His earrings match the lotus he holds in his left hand, the disc at the centre of the flower is used as a motif on all his accessories.

15th century, Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, copper alloy with silver-inlaid eyes, private collection, photo by Mossgreen.

15th century, Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, copper alloy with silver-inlaid eyes, private collection, photo by Mossgreen.

Shadakshari Lokeshvara’s main hands are held in prayer and hold a wish-granting gem, rarely depicted in Tibetan sculpture.

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