Tibet, Avalokiteshvara – standing (7)

13th century, Tibet, Avalokiteshvara, copper alloy, at the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg (Russia).

This small padmapani figure is full of interesting details, such as the crescent moon and sun finial on top of his tall braided chignon (with an effigy of Amitabha at the front), the single-leaf tiara, the way the artist has incised the jewellery, the sacred thread, the lotus stem and the thick hem of his short dhoti, the stippled floral pattern over each knee (we saw the same feature in the previous post on a garment that covered the knees), the lobed abdomen and large punched navel. The structure of the base suggests this was part of a set, possibly a triad.

14th century circa, Tibet, Avalokiteshvara, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

A Pala-style version, with ankle-length dhoti and scarf.

14th century, Tibet, Avalokiteshvara, copper, private collection or museum? published by Ron Reznick on www.digital-images.net

Clearly made by a Newari artist, this pure copper image has not been gilt, which indicates that it was made for a Tibetan patron rather than a Nepalese one.

15th century, Tibet, Avalokiteshvara, brass, is or was at gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

Same as before, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

These two figures have striking similarities, such as the facial features (associated with Central Tibet), doll-like hips and legs, lower garment with festooned belt, earrings and crown, lotus base with the petals going downwards.




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