Achala, Destroyer of Evils

Artist/maker unknown, Nepalese

Geography:
Made in Nepal, Asia

Period:
Malla Dynasty (1200-1769)

Date:
Early 16th century

Medium:
Gilded bronze with turquoise, spinel rubies, and lapis lazuli or azurite

Dimensions:
3 3/4 x 3 3/4 x 2 7/8 inches (9.5 x 9.5 x 7.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Indian and Himalayan Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1975-22-1

Credit Line:
Bequest of Erwin Swann, 1975

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Label:
Achala raises his sword to cut away ignorance. He once also held a lasso used to guide wandering souls. The whirling tassels of his scarf emphasize the dynamism of his namesake posture, Achala-asana, characterized by lunging forward on the right leg, the left knee bent and left foot raised skyward. A popular deity among Buddhist Newars in Nepal, Achala is depicted as both a central and supporting figure in many paintings. The pleated front tassel and incised floral patterns on his skin-tight shorts (dhoti) are characteristic of Malla period costume and refined sculptures of the era.