Standing on a double lotus base with round petals, the bodhisattva of compassion holds his right hand in the gesture of supreme generosity and has the long stem of a lotus flower in the other. He is adorned with a crown and jewellery with a floral design, a long sacred thread, a belt and a sash placed diagonally and knotted to one side.
16th-17th century, Nepal, Padmapani, gilt copper alloy and pigment, private collection, photo by Mossgreen.
We saw a very similar Pala-revival sculpture of Avalokiteshvara in his padmapani form in a previous post. There is an effigy of Amitabha in his headdress, between the small floral tiara and his chignon. He is adorned with bulky jewellery with a floral motif and a matching belt.
His long dhoti is incised with lotus flowers and there is an incised diamond with a lotus at the centre in the palm of his right hand.
The mitre-like crown is specific to Nepal, and in particular to the Malla period. He is adorned with large jewellery with a floral motif and dressed in a long dhoti with an incised pattern, complemented by a belt with a pendant ribbon at the front and an incised sash worn across the thighs.
This Avalokiteshvara has a lotus embossed in the palm of his left hand. He also wears a crown, jewellery and belt with a floral motif, to remind us that he belongs to the lotus family.