13th-14th century, Nepal, Khasa Malla Kingdom, Avalokiteshvara, gilt copper alloy, collection of Yury Khokhlov, photo on Academia.
Avalokiteshvara in his four-arm form holds a (missing) rosary and a lotus in his upper hands, the other two are pressed together before his heart as if to hold a wish-granting gem.
The lotus base with its plump inner petals, roundish outer ones, plain lower rim, thick beading at the top, red paint on the surface and at the back is typical of Khasa Malla art from Western Nepal/Western Tibet. Other specific features are the knuckles delineated on the outside, the long lower garment and, therefore, the absence of shin ornaments.
13th-14th century, Nepal, Shakyamuni, gilt bronze, private collection, photo by Christie’s, see also the at the Tszshan Museum website.
The historical buddha, in his crowned form, dressed in a monastic robe and adorned with a crown but no jewellery, his right hand touching the Earth. We saw this statue in the Nepalese section of the blog because it had not been identified as ‘Khasa Malla’.
14th century, Nepal, Khasa Malla, Shakyamuni (labelled ‘Akshobhya’), gilt copper alloy with turquoise, private collection, photo by Koller sale A163AS.
A similar depiction, also with smooth hands. We have seen other Khasa Malla figures without delineated finger joints, and some works attributed to the Kathmandu Valley are probably from the Khasa Malla kingdom, especially crowned buddhas of this sort.
14th century, Nepal, (Khasa Malla, Western Tibet?), Shakyamuni, gilt bronze, private collection, photo on Poly Auction .
The large head with distinctly Tibetan facial features, the broad shoulders, sturdy limbs, delineated knuckles of this buddha are all features associated with the Khasa Malla kingdom of Western Nepal/Western Tibet. Apart form the usual rice grain pattern and dense fan-shaped pleating below the ankles, we will note the piece of fabric forming elaborate pleats and a three-pointed end over his left shoulder and, above all, the way the artist has delineated the top of the ribcage of the buddha.
14th century, Nepal, Khasa Malla Kingdom, Avalokiteshvara, silver with gilt copper, Nyingjei Lam Collection, photo here .
Avalokiteshvara in one of his four-arm forms, holding a (missing) rosary and a lotus in his upper hands, the main hands joined before his heart in the wish-granting gesture. The combination of silver and gilt copper, and the thick foliate ‘flaming’ mandorla are features specific to Khasa Malla art (within the Himalayas).