Bodhisattva, Probably Padmapani Lokeshvara
Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)
Gilt copper alloy
H. 11 7/8 in. (30.2 cm)
Gift of Margery and Harry Kahn, 1981
This bodhisattva, richly bejeweled and crowned, holds a fly whisk in his raised hand, indicating that he was designed as an attendant figure to an image of the Buddha. In his lowered hand he holds the stem of a lotus (the upper flower portion of which has not survived), an iconographic feature that suggests identification as Padmapani Lokeshvara, a form of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Infinite Compassion.
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