Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Infinite Compassion
Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)
H. 13 1/4 in. (33.6 cm); W. 14 in. (10.1 cm); D. 3 1/2 in. (9 cm)
Rogers and Pfeiffer Funds, 1982
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 252
This elegant bodhisattva, with its gently flexed figure, heavy sash dropping from one hip, and unadorned torso, reflects Licchavi-period aesthetics. The elaborate lotus base and flame-emitting radiant nimbus derive from contemporary Buddhist imagery produced in eastern Indian under Pala-dynasty patronage. The fusion of these streams shaped future Nepalese Buddhist art.