14 September 2010
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE AUSTRALIAN COLLECTION
A rare gilt copper figure of Amoghapasa
Nepal, 14th century
The eight-armed deity standing in elegant tribhanga with his arms radiating around him, dressed in a short dhoti secured with pendent belt, a flowing sash knotted about his hips and the sacred thread falling from his left shoulder, wearing beaded jewelry inset with hardstones, the benign face with raised urna, his thick locks piled into a high chignon topped with a jeweled finial and centered by a diminutive figure of a seated Buddha, secured with a foliate tiara tied with billowing ribbons at either side
11 5/8 in. (29.5 cm.) high
Private Collection, England, 1970s
Acquired in New York, 25 March 1999
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U. von Schroeder, Indo-Tibetan Bronzes, 1981, p. 361, fig. 96F
Amoghapasa represents a tantric form of Avalokiteshvara and is regarded as the tutelary deity of the Kathmandu Valley. The arms are elegantly arranged in a circular motion, complementing the highly refined execution.
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