11th-12th century, Northeast India, Maitreya, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Bonhams.
Identified by the stupa in his headdress, Maitreya, in his bodhisattva appearance, does the ‘turning the wheel of the law’ gesture with his hands, his left foot placed on a lotus fastened to the base.
12th century, Eastern India, Chaturbhuja Lokeshvara, copper alloy with pigments, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.
The most popular four-hand form of Avalokiteshvara, a rosary (plus a blue lotus in this case) and a lotus in his upper hands, the main ones clasped to hold a wish-granting jewel against his heart.
Undated (Pala period), India, Avalokiteshvara, gilt copper alloy with silver inlay, private collection, photo on Hanhai Auction.
The same bodhisattva in his equally popular ‘lotus bearer’ form, his right hand displaying supreme generosity, the other holding the stem of a (broken) lotus, his eyes and urna inlaid with silver, adorned with a low tiara and side bows typical of the period, his tall braided chignon topped with a jewel.
13th century, India, Manjushri, bronze (copper alloy) with pigments, at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York (USA).
White Manjushri standing.
11th century, India, Bihar or Bengal, Manjushri, gilt copper alloy with silver and copper inlay, at the Asia Society Museum, photo on Asia Society
This form of Manjushri riding a lion or seated on a lion throne, usually with a leg pendant, does the ‘turning the wheel of dharma‘ gesture with his hands while holding the stem of a blue lotus wound around his arm and topped with the Prajnaparamita sutra. He may have another lotus to his right to support the hilt of a sword (broken here).
12th century, India, Vadisimha Manjushri, brass with silver and copper inlay, private collection, photo on Himalayan Art Resources
On this rare work there are two lotuses, each supporting a book topped with three pearls.
12th century, Northeast India, Manjuvajra Namasangiti, brass with copper and silver inlay, private collection, photo by Hanhai Auctions as before.
Manjushri with three heads and six hands, seated with his legs locked, his main hands crossed over his heart. The upper hands hold a sword and a blue lotus topped with a book, the lower ones hold a bow and what is supposed to be an arrow.
12th century, Northeast India, Vajrapani (labelled Vajrasattva), copper alloy with traces of cold gold and pigments, private collection, photo by Koller
A singular Vajrapani, standing on a lotus atop a ‘tortoise’ pedestal complete with flaming arch, the vajra sceptre held horizontally and pointing towards his heart, a vajra bell held vertically in his left hand.
He wears a knee-length dhoti with a lotus print, held in place with a belt with a lotus bud pendant, and a thin scarf decorated with an incised geometrical motif that matches his belt.