Kashmir, 10th c. standing Padmapani

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

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

Padmapani 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. Apart from the standard garland, jewellery and sacred thread, it is worth noting the handsome pleats of the waist skirt worn over his transparent dhoti,  and  the crinkly pleated ends of his transparent dhoti that drop behind him. The beaded belt with clasp is seen on very few Kashmir sculptures, dated 10th to the 12th century.

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