Swat Valley, 7th c. seated Avalokiteshvara

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7th century, Swat Valley, brass with silver inlay, at the Alain Bordier Foundation.

7th century, Swat Valley, brass with silver and copper inlay, at the Alain Bordier Foundation.

Avalokiteshvara Padmapani, a long-stemmed lotus in his left hand and Amitabha in his headdress, is sitting on cushion over a seat decorated with incised triangles, itself resting on a lotus flower, very similar to another two published in a previous post and also labelled as 7th century. In this instance, however, the bodhisattva is not wearing a sacred thread across his chest and his facial features are soft and broad.

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2 thoughts on “Swat Valley, 7th c. seated Avalokiteshvara

    • The stone buddha head is highly unlikely to be from the Himalayas, although it has the quality of nearby Gandhara works. The Asian Department of any major museum might be be able to help you. See links in left-hand column.

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