When depicted with 11 heads and 8 arms, Avalokiteshvara normally has 3 rows of peaceful heads stacked on one another+ Mahakala’s head+ buddha Amitabha’s head. His main hands are in a prayer gesture at heart level, he has a lotus, a bow and a water pot in the remaining left hands, a rosary, dharma wheel in the top right hands, the lower one is along his body, palm open, doing the gesture of generosity.
His long dhoti is incised with a lotus motif and held in place with a festooned belt, the folds of the garment form a regular zig-zag shape down the front. It is complemented by a broad sash and a thin celestial scarf with similar pleating that ends in a three-point shape.
Occasionally, there may be a row of wrathful faces above the first row of peaceful ones, as on the above sculpture (all attributes missing).
He may have an antelope skin over his left shoulder. The black antelope skin is a symbol of Hindu origin. Avalokiteshvara wears it as a symbol of his love and compassion (in his bodhisattva appearance, Maitreya also wears one).
This statue from Eastern Tibet displays Chinese features, especially in the treatment of the face but also in the draping, the style of the jewellery and the belt.