This form of Avalokiteshvara, normally seated in the vajra position, has one head and four arms, two in prayer against his heart, the others holding a rosary and a lotus flower. The above wears a long dhoti with a silver-inlaid hem, a beaded belt, a five-leaf crown inlaid with turquoise and the rim inlaid with copper, armbands inlaid with coral, simple bracelets and anklets, several necklaces including one with a floral design, a small celestial scarf. His small chignon is topped with a finial.
This is a similar sculpture, seated on a double-lotus base with no beading but with plump apple-like petals typical of the 13th and 14th century. The stones on his earrings are missing and centuries of devotion have worn his face but we can still appreciate its gentleness. He wears a crown with five foliate panels linked with a rod to prevent breakage, adorned with small rosettes, bows and flowing ribbons.
14th century, same as before, photo by Christie’s.
On this one we can appreciate fully the soft Tibetan facial features with a generous nose, fleshy lips, large semi-closed eyes, thin eyebrows and an oblong urna. He wears a low crown decorated with large turquoise cabochons, coral-inlaid rosettes, large and elegantly pleated bows. The end of his lower garment forms a scallop shape before him.
On this masterpiece, the bodhisattva wears coral and turquoise inlaid princely jewellery, a five-leaf crown and rosettes inlaid with turquoise, the eyes and urna are inlaid with silver, the hem of his garment and part of his jewellery with copper.