Bodhisattva Avaolkiteshvara

Western Cambodia

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 245

This four-armed Avalokiteshvara relates to a cache of small icons recovered by chance at the early eighth-century Khmer brick-and-sandstone temple Prasat Ak Yom, located on what is now an embankment of the West Baray, the eleventh-century reservoir in Angkor. This temple was likely the earliest step-pyramid temple in Khmer history. It has two doorjamb inscriptions, dated 674 and 704, respectively. During excavations in the 1930s, a set of bronzes was found secreted away in a cavity behind a lintel. This bronze is probably from the same workshop that supplied the Prasat Ak Yom temple with its images.

cat. no. 132

Bodhisattva  Avaolkiteshvara, Copper alloy, Western Cambodia

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