The present figure is a testament to the consummate skill of the Newari artists. It is heavily cast with a well-proportioned body and covered with a layer of thick gilding. The benevolent expression and the soft contours of the limbs soften the overall appearance, demonstrating a balance between muscularity and gracefulness.
The current figure exhibits features associated with the period of the Khasa Malla Kingdom, such as the athletic physique, beak-like nose, the downcast eyes widening at the sides, and upturned tips of the elongated earlobes. Compare to three figures from the Khasa Malla period that are very similar in style to the current lot, one is in the Ruben Museum of Art, accession no. C2006.24.1, HAR65687, the second in the Patan Museum, Nepal, see Himalayan Art Resource, item no. 59501, both without their stands; and the third with a singlelotus stand and a mandorla, in an Asian private collection (fig. 1). One distinguishing difference between the Khasa Malla examples and the current figure is the reprentation of knuckles on each of their right hands, which is not the case on the present figure.