Bodhisattva, Probably Amoghapasa Lokeshvara

Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 252

In Nepal a popular manifestation of Avalokiteshvara is the eight-armed Amoghapasa, the lord whose noose (pasa) never fails to bind and secure devotees—that is, a redeemer whose powers of salvation are infallible. Here only two of the original eight arms survive intact. The surface shows traces of having been polychromed, and the figure would have been clad in rich garments during worship, including temple festivals.

Bodhisattva, Probably Amoghapasa Lokeshvara, Wood with traces of gesso and color, Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)

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