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Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara


12th Century

Western Tibet

Height: 7¾″,19.8 cm

Avalokitesvara embodies the compassion of all Buddhas and is the infinite bodhisattva of compassion. His facial features are a mixture of Kashmiri and Tibetan with more Kashmiri influence with his rolling enlarged eyes, sharp nose, wide lips, and enlarged hands. His crown and necklace are relatively simply and the tall chignon is topped with a finial. There is a thick sacred thread that zig-zags across his left chest and reaches the large lotus over his left shoulder. The mudra of Avalokitesvara is an ancient one with the right hand indicating the action of preaching (vitarka mudra) and the left hand is in the gift of giving (vadara mudra). The unusual base is incised with lotus flowers.