Western Tibet, pensive Avalokiteshvara

11th century, Western Tibet, Kashmir school, bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, brass with pigments, at the gTsug Lakhang, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

11th century, Western Tibet, Kashmir school, bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, brass with pigments, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

This bodhisattva posture, seated in royal ease, the head supported by the right hand, the elbow leaning over the raised knee, was very popular in Gandhara and the Swat Valley but is rarely seen Tibetan sculptures.

Quite similar to the 6-arm Avalokiteshvara published in a previous post, this one has a larger 8-petal lotus flower in his left hand, the cruciform navel and lobed abdomen correspond to the standard Kashmiri style, the end of his garment is gathered in a scallop shape under his feet, the lotus base has some striking petals made of two fat parts and a very pointed end. There are a few similar examples of such petals among Kashmiri statues dated 9th-10th century. The rather large head has been painted in the Tibetan fashion, with cold gold on the face, red pigment on the lips and blue pigment for the eyes, eyebrows and hair.

We will not the large effigy of Amitabha in his headdress and the antelope skin knotted across his chest and covering his left shoulder.

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