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Bodhisattva Avaolkiteshvara

Period:
pre-Angkor period
Date:
second half of the 7th–early 8th century
Culture:
Western Cambodia
Medium:
Copper alloy
Dimensions:
H. 13 3/4 in. (34.9 cm); W. 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm); D. 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm); Wt. est. 6 lbs (2.7 kg)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.145
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 245
This four-armed Avalokiteshvara relates to a cache of small icons recovered by chance at the early eighth-century Khmer brick-and-sandstone temple Prasat Ak Yom, located on what is now an embankment of the West Baray, the eleventh-century reservoir in Angkor. This temple was likely the earliest step-pyramid temple in Khmer history. It has two doorjamb inscriptions, dated 674 and 704, respectively. During excavations in the 1930s, a set of bronzes was found secreted away in a cavity behind a lintel. This bronze is probably from the same workshop that supplied the Prasat Ak Yom temple with its images.

cat. no. 132
From Angkor region, possibly Prasat Ak Yom

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