Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara

second half of the 7th century
Southern Thailand
H. 17 3/4 in. (45.1 cm); W. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm); D. 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Ex Coll.: Columbia University, Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1987
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 245
This bodhisattva of compassion is represented as an ascetic, dressed in a waistcloth secured with a cord, the details incised into the contours of his torso. He has a flayed antelope skin (ajina) across his left shoulder, an attribute of the earliest representations of this bodhisattva in early seventh-century northern India. The cult of Avalokiteshvara assumed special importance in Mahayana Buddhism during this period. Soon after its development in India, it was shared with Southeast Asian practitioners.

cat. no. 133
Probably found in Surat Thani Province

Samuel Eilenberg , New York (until 1986; donated to Columbia University); [ Columbia University , New York, 1986–1987, sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Lotus Transcendent: Indian and Southeast Asian Art from the Samuel Eilenberg Collection," October 2, 1991–June 28, 1992.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, 5th to 8th Century," April 14, 2014–July 27, 2014.

Related Objects

Standing Buddha

Artist: Date: 7th–8th century
Accession Number: 1982.220.6
Date: 7th–8th century Medium: Stone with traces of color Accession: 1982.220.6 On view in:Gallery 246

Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara

Artist: Date: 8th–early 9th century
Accession Number: 1982.64
Date: 8th–early 9th century Medium: Copper alloy Accession: 1982.64 On view in:Gallery 247

Standing Four-Armed Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Infinite Compassion

Artist: Date: 8th–early 9th century
Accession Number: 1999.90
Date: 8th–early 9th century Medium: Bronze inlaid with obsidian(?) Accession: 1999.90 On view in:Gallery 246

Standing Buddha

Artist: Date: 8th–9th century
Accession Number: 59.149
Date: 8th–9th century Medium: Bronze with traces of gilt Accession: 59.149 On view in:Gallery 246

Head of a Buddha

Artist: Date: 8th century
Accession Number: 1983.13
Date: 8th century Medium: Stone Accession: 1983.13 On view in:Gallery 246