Tibet, Achala (12)

12th-13th century, Tibet, Achala, copper alloy (brass), metal inlay and pigments, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

Achala, sword in hand, adorned with snakes and jewellery including a coral-inlaid necklace, his face painted with cold gold, his teeth inlaid with silver, the eyes with copper, stands on Ganapati, who seems to be lifting his head to look at us.

13th century, same as before.

Tibetan artists often used copper (instead of silver) for the eyes of wrathful deities. The above also has a copper-inlaid nipple, and silver-inlaid teeth.

He has syllables incised on his back and the Achala mantra is engraved on the back of the pedestal.

Undated, Tibet probably, Achala, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

12th century (or later copy?), Tibet, Achala, copper alloy, private collection, published on http://www.gg-art.com

On this sculpture and the previous one the lasso he holds in his left hand has a vajra tip. The arch behind him has serrated flames with an incised contour and is topped with a stupa and ribbons.

Undated, Tibet, Achala, copper alloy, at the Palace Museum in Beijing, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

A similar type of flaming arch, topped with a triple gem.

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