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 Fondation Alain Bordier in Gruyère (Switzerland).

Avalokiteshvara in his padmani form, a long-stemmed lotus in his left hand and Amitabha in his headdress, is seated on cushion over a hassock decorated with a triangular motif (itself resting on a lotus flower) very similar to another two published in a previous post and also labelled 7th century. In this instance the bodhisattva is not wearing a sacred thread across his chest and his facial features are softer.

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