Eleven-Headed Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Infinite Compassion

Date: 10th century

Culture: Thailand

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: H. 7 3/8 in. (18.7 cm)

Classification: Sculpture

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.