Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Avalokiteshvara (Bodhisattva & Buddhist Deity) - Padmapani (Lotus Holder)

སྤྱན་རས་གཟིགས། 观音菩萨
(item no. 65430)
Origin Location Nepal
Date Range 1200 - 1299
Material Metal
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Notes about the Central Figure

Alternate Names: Lokeshvara Avalokita Lokanata Lokanatha Mahakarunika

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Peaceful

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Padmapani Avalokiteshvara.

Padmapani (lotus holder) is a Sanskrit term referring to Lokeshvara, the bodhisattva, having one face and two hands. The left hand holds the stem of a blossoming lotus flower. The textual inspiration for the imagery of Lokeshvara in this appearance are the Sutras of the Mahayana tradition of Buddhism. Padmapani is also used as a synonym for Lokeshvara. The term is commonly found as an epithet, as well as a descriptive term, referring to the lotus held in the left hand. It has yet to be shown or proven textually that there is any specific and unique form of Lokeshvara accepted across the Indian Buddhist cultural sphere that is described in early literature as a Padmapani Avalokiteshvara.

(See longer definition page).

Jeff Watt [added 1-2021]

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Exhibition Appearances
Exhibition: RMA Masterworks, January 28th, 2021
Exhibition: From the Land of the Gods: Art of the Kathmandu Valley

Publication: Selection of Works - Sculpture (RMA)

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Subject: Iconic & Non-iconic Figures Main Page
Collection of Rubin Museum (Nepalese Sculpture Masterworks)
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art: Nepal