A GILT COPPER FIGURE OF AVALOKITESHVARA, NEPAL, 9TH/10TH CENTURY
PROPERTY OF AN IMPORTANT AMERICAN COLLECTION
A GILT COPPER FIGURE OF AVALOKITESHVARA
NEPAL, 9TH/10TH CENTURY
Height 10 ½ in. (26.7 cm)
the bodhisattva of compassion seated on a wide lotus petal throne, the top incised with the motif of lotus pods, luxuriously positioned in sattvaparyankasana, wearing a shawl drawn across the body and falling in pleats over the left shoulder, the dhoti held in place by an ornamented waist band wrapping around the legs in a chased striated pattern, with gem set armbands set high on the shoulders, a necklace with attached pendants, and lotus-form earrings resting on the shoulders, the left hand supporting his weight from behind and holding the stalk of a lotus that follows the curve of the arm with a lotus blossoming over the left shoulder, the head encircled in an aureole decorated in swirling flames
Himalayan Art Resources item no. 13744.
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, acquired from Dudley James, New York, 1922