Kashmir, Avalokiteshvara – padmapani (3)

10th century, Kashmir, bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara in his Padmapani form, bronze with copper inlay, at the Victoria&Albert Museum (London).

10th century, Kashmir, Avalokiteshvara in his padmapani form, bronze with copper inlay, at the Victoria&Albert Museum (London).

He is identified through the small buddha on the central panel of his three-pointed crown, the antelope skin resting over his shoulder and knotted across his chest, and the long-stemmed lotus in his left hand. He has the typical Kashmiri muscly body, cruciform navel, marked knee caps and facial features and stands on an equally typical double-lotus base over a tall plinth with a narrower middle part, backed with a mandorla with curly incisions to mark the flames. He wears the standard garland, jewellery and sacred thread, a transparent dhoti with pleated ends, held in place with a beaded belt with a floral clasp.

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