A gilt copper alloy figure of Akshobhya Nepal or Tibet, 14th century
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A gilt copper alloy figure of Akshobhya Nepal or Tibet, 14th century
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A gilt copper alloy figure of Akshobhya Nepal or Tibet, 14th century A gilt copper alloy figure of Akshobhya Nepal or Tibet, 14th century A gilt copper alloy figure of Akshobhya Nepal or Tibet, 14th century
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A gilt copper alloy figure of Akshobhya
Nepal or Tibet, 14th century
Cast wearing a diaphanous robe over his powerful frame gathering in elegantly pleated folds over his left shoulder and with a prominent beaded and incised foliate hemline, seated in vajrasana with his hands in bhumisparsa mudra, and adorned with a simple five-petal crown with pleated cloth ties falling behind his pendulous earlobes to his shoulders, his face defined by a curved nose and narrow eyes, the copper base plate with an embossed visvavajra.
10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm) high

Footnotes

  • The crown type, hemline, narrow eyes, and thick brows converging to a small nose are elements common to Khasa Malla and Western Tibetan regions. The absence of the defined knuckles on the hands, a common convention of the Khasa Malla, point to Tibetan attribution for this sculpture, but the influence of the style is clearly evident.

    As noted by Alsop "The Khasa kingdom provided an entry for this subsidiary Newar style into the art of Western Tibet, for the Khasa dominions contained many important monasteries that must have been a rich source of patronage for migrating artists and their successors. When the Khasa's control of their territories waned it is likely that the sculptors who served them in fashioning Buddhist images migrated towards the Tibetan Buddhist regions, just as the sculptors of earlier generations usually ended up in Tibet" (see Alsop in Singer and Denwood, Tibetan Art, London, 1997, p. 75)

    For a related example, see von Schroeder, Indo-Tibetan Bronzes, Hong Kong, 1981, 94C, p. 357. Also compare with an Akshobhya sold by Koller, Zurich, 30 October 2012, lot 110 and a Buddha sold by Christie's, New York, 19 March 2013, lot 342.

    Provenance:
    Private Canadian Collection
    Acquired by the owner's parents while based in Malaysia between 1968-1975
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