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Bodhisattva, Probably Amoghapasa Lokeshvara

early Malla period
14th–15th century
Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)
Wood with traces of gesso and color
H. 70 5/8 in. (179.4 cm); W. 20 11/16 in. (52.6 cm); D. 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Margery and Harry Kahn, 1982
Accession Number:
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.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Art of the Himalayas," December 15, 2010–December 4, 2011.

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