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Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara

8th–early 9th century
Southern Thailand or Sumatra
Copper alloy
H. 22 1/4 in. (56.6 cm); W. 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm); D. 5 in. (12.7 cm); Wt. est. 50 lbs (22.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1982
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 247
This four-armed Avalokiteshvara exemplifies the finest qualities associated with the pan-Asian cult of the savior bodhisattva. Through its grace and humanism, the work embodies the qualities of compassion central to Buddhist ethics. It may have been made in Sumatra or in the Malay Peninsula, regions linked by commercial activity in which religious imagery could readily circulate. Chinese pilgrim sources tell of major monasteries that prospered in both areas.

cat. no. 158
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.

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