This form of Avalokiteshvara, also known as khasarpani, shows him seated with one leg folded and the other pendant, his foot resting on a lotus flower attached to the base. He normally has matted hair, an effigy of Amitabha in his chignon (the above example doesn’t), long strands of hair falling over his shoulders, a garland of flowers, no jewellery, no crown, no antelope skin. His hands do the dharmacakra mudra at heart level. He sometimes wears a meditation belt (to hold the knee during long meditation practice) and has long-stem lotuses on each side of him.
Influenced by the Indian Pala-style, this sculpture was made in the style of Aniko, a Nepalese artist. The double lotus base, including the lotus under his foot, is wider and flatter than the original Indian ones. The use of gilding (including the effigy of Amitabha in his headdress) and the painted face and hair correspond to the Nepalese and Tibetan tastes. He has a lotus bud finial on top of his headdress.
He may have his right arm stretched out with the hand in the generosity mudra. On the above figure we can see a lotus incised in the palm of his hand. His lower garment and sash are incised with a similar motif.
This later example was made by a Nepalese (Newar) artist in 1543, as indicated by the inscription on the base.