A Nepalese Gilt bronze figure of Amoghapasa
Lot 1091
A gilt copper figure of Amoghapasa Nepal, 11th/12th century
Sold for US$ 37,500 inc. premium

Lot Details
A Nepalese Gilt bronze figure of Amoghapasa
Property from the Estate of Ralph Benkaim
A gilt copper figure of Amoghapasa
Nepal, 11th/12th century
The twelve-armed deity standing in a subtle tribhanga with his arms radiating around him, dressed in a long dhoti secured with simple belt, a flowing sash knotted about his hips that fans out to the base, and the sacred thread (upavita), over the god's youthful, sensuous form. He is further adorned with a beaded necklace and single-leaf crown bearing the image of Amitayus, supported in his stack of matted locks. His head is framed by a beaded and flaming halo and he stands on a double lotus, supported by a plinth platform.
9 in. (23 cm) high

Footnotes

  • Amoghapasa represents a tantric form of Avalokiteshvara and is particularly popular in Nepal. An 11th century Avalokitesvara in the Seattle Art Museum has very closely related robe decoration, see Pal, Nepal: Where the Gods Are Young, New York, 1975, no. 16, p. 36. Also see another 11th century figure of Ascetic Avalokitevara with a similar lithe body and robe connection to the lotus base in Von Schroeder, Buddhist Sculptures in Tibet: India and Nepal, 2001, no. 16A-B, p. 502, and Chandra Reedy, Himalayan Bronzes, 1997, pl. N230.

    Provenance:
    Christie's, New York, September 17, 1997, lot 41
    Nitta Collection, Japan
    William H. Wolff, Inc, New York
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