Kashmir, Avalokiteshvara, padmapani (2)

Kashmir, 11th century, brass, bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara in his Padmapani (lotus bearer) form, private collection

Kashmir, 11th century, brass, bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara in his padmapani (lotus bearer) form, private collection, photo by Christie’s

This bodhisattva is easily recognisable thanks to the effigy of Amitabha in his headdress, or rather his hair in this case. In his padmapani form he holds a long-stemmed lotus in his right hand while making a gesture with the other. The above stands on a cushion resting on a single lotus base with unusually wide petals, itself on the typical Kashmiri square pedestal, flanked by two attendants. He wears a long garland like the sort worn by buddhas and bodhisattvas in Ladakh and Western Tibet at the same period, and a scarf with tripartite ends instead of the standard V-shaped ones.

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