Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Bodhisattva Avaolkiteshvara

pre-Angkor period
second half of the 7th–early 8th century
Western Cambodia
Copper alloy
H. 13 3/4 in. (34.9 cm); W. 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm); D. 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm); Wt. est. 6 lbs (2.7 kg)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1987
Accession Number:
Not on view
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
From Angkor region, possibly Prasat Ak Yom

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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