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Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Infinite Compassion

Period:
Thakuri period
Date:
10th century
Culture:
Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)
Medium:
Copper alloy
Dimensions:
H. 13 1/4 in. (33.6 cm); W. 14 in. (10.1 cm); D. 3 1/2 in. (9 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers and Pfeiffer Funds, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.220.14
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.
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