Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara (11)

15th-16th century, Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, wood and pigments, private collection, published on www.castor-hara.com

15th-16th century, Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, wood and pigments, private collection, published on http://www.castor-hara.com

A rare and endearing wooden sculpture of this four-armed form of Avalokiteshvara, seated on a throne supported by two snow lions, holding an enormous lotus flower in his upper left hand.

16th century, same, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie's.

16th century, same, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

On this more regal version, he wears a vajra crown. It is unusual for him to have both the middle finger and the forefinger of the upper hands pressed against the thumb, in a gesture to ward off evil (karana mudra).

Same as before, with turquoise inlay, private collection, photo by Skinner.

Same as before, with turquoise inlay, private collection, photo by Skinner.

This one has Amitabha’s head on his chignon.

16th century, Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, gilt copper, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

16th century, Tibet, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, gilt copper, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

A similar style, with cold gold and pigments on his face.

Same as before, gilt copper or copper alloy, at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York (USA).

Same as before, gilt copper or copper alloy, at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York (USA).

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His face and Amitabha’s large head on his chignon are painted with cold gold and pigments, the hair dyed blue, possibly with indigo rather than lapis lazuli powder. The cabochons on his accessories seem to be made of glass.

 

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