Kashmir or Western Himalayas, Padmapani

10th-11th century, Kashmir or Kashmiri artist in Western Himalayas, brass, part of the John and Berthe Ford Collection, at the Walters Museum of Art (USA).

10th-11th century, Kashmir or Western Himalayas, brass, part of the John and Berthe Ford Collection, at the Walters Museum of Art (USA).

Avalokiteshvara Padmapani is identified through the effigy of buddha Amitabha in the central panel of his crown and the long-stemmed lotus in his left hand. Behind him is a double mandorla with incised flames and a beaded inner edge. The bodhisattva is wearing a tall crown with triangular panels, some plain jewellery and a sacred thread. The facial features with silver-inlaid eyes, the realistic torso and cruciform navel, the lotus base and double mandorla style are all typical of Kashmiri works from that period. However, the exaggeratedly big hand and lotus stem, and the plain flat ends of his scarf are not. Also, the dhoti with one side much longer than the other is usually found on West Tibetan sculptures. This may be the work of a Kashmiri artist in the Western Himalayas.

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