Date: 10th century
Dimensions: H. 7 3/8 in. (18.7 cm)
Credit Line: Purchase, Margery and Harry Kahn Philanthropic Fund Gift, 1987
Accession Number: 1987.146
Such multi-armed, eleven-headed images of Avalokiteshvara were important to both Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhist practitioners. This kind of representation emphasizes Avalokiteshvara's knowledge as well as his ability to take multiple simultaneous actions on behalf of the devotee.