This very rare sculpture depicts Avalokiteshvara standing on a single-lotus base, the stem of a large lotus flower in his left hand, his right hand displaying the varada mudra.
He wears a mitre-like crown with rosettes and an effigy of Amitabha at the front, foliate earrings and matching necklace, plain serpentine armbands and bracelets, a sacred cord. His knee-length dhoti is adorned with a broad sash. The skin is painted with cold gold, the lips, eyes and hair with pigments.
Attributed to a Nepalese artist, this rare wooden sculpture belongs to a group of works that vary from the original Nepalese 7th century sandalwood icon kept at the Potala in Lhasa and known as Phagpa Lokeshvara – a few of them published in the Tibetan section of this blog (although some of them may have been made by a Nepalese artist too). The bodhisattva wears a tall three-panel crown with no effigy of himself at the front, his mass of folded hair showing on each side. He wears bulky earrings, a long dhoti held in place with a thin belt, a broad sash.
This Indian-style sculpture depicts Avalokiteshvara seated on a single-lotus base, his head to one side, a leg pendant, holding the stem of a large lotus flower in his left hand and displaying the varada mudra with the other. He is adorned with bodhisattva jewellery, a beaded sacred cord and a foliate tiara decorated with side bows and an incised band, over his V-shaped hairline. There is a small urna on his forehead. He has a tall ribcage and a slightly cruciform navel and lobed abdomen. There is a pleated sash on his lap.
The back of the sculpture reveals that his knee-length dhoti is decorated with a stippled floral motif inside large circles. On Indian works, these circles are often made of inlaid silver and copper. But for a few loose strands, his long hair is plaited and piled up into a conical chignon topped with a finial.