Tibet, Avalokiteshvara, Padmapani – seated (2)

12th century, Tibet, Avalokiteshvara, gilt copper alloy, Nyingjei Lam collection on Himalayan Art Resources.

12th century, Tibet, Avalokiteshvara, gilt copper alloy, Nyingjei Lam collection on Himalayan Art Resources.

This Nepalese-style image depicts Avalokiteshvara seated in the vajra position on a double-lotus base with very broad petals, one hand doing the gesture of generosity, a lotus embossed in his palm, the other hand resting on the base and holding the stem of a lotus (padma) – one of the bodhisattva’s main attributes.

13th century, Tibet, Avalokiteshvara, copper alloy, at the Rubin Museum of Art (USA).

13th century, Tibet, Avalokiteshvara, copper alloy, at the Rubin Museum of Art (USA).

On this variant, he has one leg pendant, foliage on both sides, his left hand at heart level.

14th-15th century, Tibet, Avalokiteshvara, copper alloy, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (USA).

14th-15th century, Tibet, Avalokiteshvara, copper alloy, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (USA).

This is an example of the (Indian) ‘Pala Revival’ style, with the bodhisattva seated in a relaxed posture, one hand over his knee, the other resting on the base and holding the stem of a lotus bud. There is an antelope skin over his shoulder. His long transparent dhoti is held in place with a belt decorated with a floral motif.

17th century, Tibet, Avalokiteshvara, brass with cold gold, Pritzker collection on Himalayan Art Resources.

17th century, Tibet, Avalokiteshvara, brass with cold gold, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

This innovative piece, inspired from earlier Kashmiri sculptures, was made by Choying Dorje, the 10th karmapa. Avalokiteshvara is seated on a throne with a back panel decorated with snake-like flames and topped with a sort of naga hood. Two figures (possibly the donors) kneel at the front corners, some nagas are entwined around the narrow part of the pedestal. He holds a lotus bud in his left hand.

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