This aspect of Avalokiteshvara (particularly popular in Tibet) has four arms, the main ones joined in prayer at heart level. His upper right hand holds a lotus bud, his upper left hand normally holds a piece of rope or a lasso. He is seated in the lotus position, the end of his incised lower garment is neatly pleated into a scallop shape under him. He is adorned with jewellery studded with gems, a belt, a low crown and a jewel on top of his tall Pala-style chignon. The rectangular urna on his forehead and the delicate oval face with large eyes, a thin nose and big eyebrows, as well as the clear gems mixed with turquoise and lapis lazuli, are all typical of Nepalese works, from the 13th century onwards.
This Indian-style sculpture combines the simplicity of ungilt works with large showy earrings and an ornate crown with upward-flying ribbons typical of the Nepalese Malla period.