Tibet, Avalokiteshvara seated in the vajra position

7th century, Tibet, Avalokiteshvara, wood, on Himalayan Art Resources.

7th century, Tibet, Avalokiteshvara, wood, on Himalayan Art Resources.

Hardly any Tibetan sculptures depict Avalokiteshvara with one head and two hands seated in the lotus position or padmasana (called vajra position in Tibetan and Chinese Buddhism). Dressed in bodhisattva attire, he may have his right arm at heart level in the fear-allaying gesture and the left hand holding the stem of a lotus.

12th-13th century, Western Tibet, Avalokiteshvara, bronze with cold gold, photo by Koller.

12th-13th century, Western Tibet, Avalokiteshvara, bronze with cold gold, photo by Koller.

or the right arm down, palm open in the charity mudra and the left hand in the teaching gesture at heart level, with the stem of a lotus passing through it.

15th century, Tibet, Avalokiteshvara, bronze with stone inlay, photo by Christie's.

15th century, Tibet, Avalokiteshvara, bronze with turquoise and coral inlay, photo by Christie’s.

This Chinese-style (Yongle) sculpture depicts him with the left arm resting on the lotus base, the hand clenching the stem of the lotus, and the right hand at heart level holding a wish-granting jewel or cintamani.

 

 

 

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