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Eleven-Headed Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Infinite Compassion

Date:
10th century
Culture:
Thailand
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. 7 3/8 in. (18.7 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Margery and Harry Kahn Philanthropic Fund Gift, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.146
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 249
Such multi-armed, eleven-headed images of Avalokiteshvara were important to both Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhist practitioners. This kind of representation emphasizes Avalokiteshvara's knowledge as well as his ability to take multiple simultaneous actions on behalf of the devotee.
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