13th-14th century, Nepal, Khasa Malla kingdom, Vajrapani, gilt copper, at the Fondation Alain Bordier in Gruyère (Switzerland).
Wrathful Vajrapani, wielding a vajra sceptre and holding a vajra bell away from his left hip, standing on a human victim, adorned with a skull crown, snakes and a garland of severed heads. The shape and style of the flaming arch behind him is unique to Khasa Malla art.
13th-14th century, Nepal, Khasa Malla kingdom, Tara, gilt bronze (or copper?) with turquoise inlay, private collection, photo by Christie’s https://www.christies.com.
The style of the lotus base on which this Green Tara is seated, the eyebrows drawn in a single line, the design of her accessories, the length of her lower garment (reaching the ankles) its stippled decoration and the way it fans out onto the base are all elements proper to the region and period.
14th century, Nepal, Khasa Malla kingdom, Tara, gilt bronze (or copper?) with turquoise inlay, private collection, photo by Bonham’s https://www.bonhams.com.
The hem on this Tara’s garment is decorated with an incised rice grain motif.
There is an effigy of Amitabha on top of her chignon.
The lotus base occasionally has an additional tier (and sometimes two) between the plain plinth and the flowers, decorated with a chased or embossed motif, in this case scrolling vines.
12th-13th century, Tibet, (Khasa Malla kingdom), Shakyamuni, gilt bronze (or copper?), private collection, photo by Nagel https://www.auction.de.
The traces of red paint on both sides of the base, the style of the base itself, the inscription in devanagari script, and the finger joints incised on the outside make it very likely for this figure to have come from the small Khasa Malla kingdom (Western Nepal-Western Tibet, 12th-14th century approximately).
The ear ornaments worn by this figure with a buddha appearance are often seen on sculptures of the historical buddha attributed to the Khasa Malla kingdom.
Undated, Tibet, Khasa Malla, Shakyamuni, gilt metal, private collection, photo on Himalayan Art Resources https://www.himalayanart.org/items/59028.
This buddha, who wears the same ear ornaments, has a silver crown (possibly added later) inlaid with turquoise and coral and his face is painted with cold gold and pigments, which tells us he was worshipped in Tibet, and possibly made there.
We will note the delineated finger joints, the broad hem with a rice grain motif, the thick beading at the top and tall plain lower part of the lotus base, all typical of Khasa Malla art.
13th-14th century, Nepal or Tibet, Khasa Malla kingdom, Shakyamuni (labelled Akshobhya), gilt copper with turquoise inlay, private collection, photo by Bessie Chen on asianart.com http://www.asianart.com/abc/d10117.html.
Cast separately, this lotus base includes a vajra sceptre signalling the enlightenment of the historical buddha. The figure displays a unibrow, large rice grain motif on the hem, and, above all, marked finger joints on the outside as well as on the inside.
14th century, Nepal, Khasa Malla kingdom probably, Shakyamuni, gilt bronze with turquoise inlay, private collection, photo by Marie-Catherine Daffos, on http://www.aaoarts.com/asie.
The same applies to this figure, whose hair is topped with a jewel finial.
14th century, Nepal or Tibet, Khasa Malla kingdom probably, gilt bronze with red pigment on the back, private collection, photo by Fabrice Gousset, same as before.
Another distinctive feature is the small round urna placed at the centre of the unibrow (made of red glass or stone in this case). On rare occasions a statue displays many of the Khasa Malla features without the finger joints being delineated on the outside.
Undated (circa 14th century), Nepal, Khasa Malla kingdom, Shakyamuni, gilt metal, photo on Himalayan Art Resources https://www.himalayanart.org/items/32718.
The presence of blue pigment in the hair and the mixture of coral and turquoise indicate this work was made for a Tibetan patron. There are small details in the style of the ear adornments and finial, the body proportions and the gilding which suggest it may have been made at a later date although clearly inspired by the Khasa Malla style.