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Vajradharma Lokeshvara

Date:
9th century
Culture:
Pakistan (NW Frontier Province, probably Swat Valley)
Medium:
Bronze with silver inlay
Dimensions:
H. 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm); W. 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm); D. 3 5/16 in. (8.4 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, 1942
Accession Number:
42.25.20
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 237
The peacocks that support the lotus cushion identify this bodhisattva as Vajradharma Lokeshvara. Shown in the act of opening a lotus flower, he also holds a bow and arrow, tools to dispel impediments to enlightenment. His spiritual mentor Amitabha Buddha is enthroned in his diadem.
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