Avalokiteshvara Padmapani, Bronze inlaid with silver and copper, Pakistan (Swat Valley)

Avalokiteshvara Padmapani

7th century
Pakistan (Swat Valley)
Bronze inlaid with silver and copper
H. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm); W. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm); D. 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick and Fletcher Funds, 1974
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 237
Bodhisattva as the lotus-bearer Padmapani was a favored form of Avalokiteshvara, the embodiment of Buddhist compassion. His identifiers are the lotus (padma) held in his left hand, and the small figure of the Buddha Amitabha atop his head. In this early representation, he sits in royal ease, with one leg pendant and a hand poised as if gesturing contemplation. The antelope skin over his shoulder is a reminder of his ascetic nature, akin to Shiva.
#7927. Avalokiteshvara Padmapani, Part 1
#7927. Avalokiteshvara Padmapani, Part 2
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Inscription: inscription on lotus petals surrounding base:

11/9/88 Prof. B.N. Mukherjei read the inscription preliminarly as:
(deva) (dharmo yain) (ura gava) (li)
(ka da sa) (rain pu choo) ( ja da)
[ each ( ) represents a lotus petal ]
"The religious gift-- [an image of ? ]
vragavalika dasa, born of rainpu choo"

Script is Brahmi of the 9th-10th century
[ Ben Heller, Inc. , New York, until 1974, sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Bronze Sculptures from Asia," February 25, 1975–March 21, 1976.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Patterns of Collecting: Selected Acquisitions 1965–1975," December 6, 1975–March 23, 1976.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Buddhism Along the Silk Road," June 2, 2012–February 10, 2013.