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Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Infinite Compassion

Period:
Thakuri period
Date:
10th century
Culture:
Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)
Medium:
Gilt-copper alloy
Dimensions:
H. 12 in. (30.5 cm); W. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm); D. 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm); Wt. 5 lbs (2.3 kg)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Lita Annenberg Hazen Charitable Trust Gift, 1988
Accession Number:
1988.282
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 252
The embodiment of Buddhist compassion grants boons to devotees with his extended hand. He wears a spectacular tripartite diadem, jewelry, and a low-slung sash with fluted folds that extend to the ground. Stylistically, this image represents a continuation of conventions developed in the late Lichhavi era (8th–9th century).
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