Himalayan Art Resources

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

སྤྱན་རས་གཟིགས། 观音菩萨
(item no. 88651)
Origin Location Western Tibet
Date Range 900 - 999
Size 69.22cm (27.25in) high
Material Copper, Copper Inlay, Silver Inlay
Collection Asia Society
Catalogue # acc. #1979.045, Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection of Asian Art
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Peaceful

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

This sculpture illustrates the strong impact of the Kashmiri tradition on the art of western Tibet in the late 10th and early 11th centuries. In 988, a king of western Tibet, Yeshe O, gave royal support for the creation of local workshops to produce images for temples, workshops that likely contained artists from Kashmir. The articulation of this image's torso, the exaggerated waistline, the shape of the face, and the strong facial features closely parallels the art of Kashmir and it is possible that this was made by a Kashmiri artist working in Tibet. The pose of the figure and the long garland of flowers encircling him, however, generally characterize works made in areas of western Tibet. Although this bodhisattva is missing an identifying figure in its headdress, the remains of a lotus that was held in the left hand suggests that the image represents Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion.

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