Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara (9)

15th-16th century, Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

Easily recognizable, Shadakshari Lokeshvara is one of the most popular forms of Avalokiteshvara.

15th or early 16th century, Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, copper alloy with silver inlaid eyes, private collection, photo by Nagel auctions.

15th or early 16th century, Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, copper alloy with silver inlaid eyes, private collection, photo by Nagel auctions.

Normally seated, his main hands are always held in prayer, the other left hand holds a lotus and the right hand a rosary, which may be held between the thumb and the middle finger, as above…

16th century, same as before, photo by Lempertz.

16th century, same as before, gilt bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo by Lempertz.

or between the thumb and forefinger.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Sadakshari Lokeshvara, gilt bronze (copper alloy) with turquoise inlay, private collection, photo by Christie's.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Sadakshari Lokeshvara, gilt bronze (copper alloy) with turquoise inlay, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

This one wears a festooned belt/apron.

Same as before, gilt copper with turquoise and pigments, private collection, photo by Sotheby's.

Same as before, gilt copper with (mainly missing) turquoise and pigments, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

As we saw in a recent post, the deity sometimes has Amitabha’s head on top of his chignon…

16th century, Central Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, bronze (brass), private collection, photo by Nagel.

16th century, Central Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, bronze (brass), private collection, photo by Nagel.

… or a full effigy of this dhyani buddha.

Same as before, bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo by Koller.

Same as before, labelled ‘Western Tibet or Ladakh’, bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo by Koller.

Otherwise, he usually has a flaming jewel finial.

Same as before, at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena (USA).

Same as before, at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena (USA).

This mixed-style figure holds a lotus with foliage.

Early 16th century, Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, gilt copper alloy and turquoise, private collection, Christie's.

Early 16th century, Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, gilt copper alloy and turquoise, private collection, Christie’s.

Often, his lotus matches his earrings.

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