Kashmir, Avalokiteshvara – standing

10th century, Kashmir, Avalokiteshvara, copper alloy, at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena (USA).

10th century, Kashmir, Avalokiteshvara, copper alloy, at the Norton Simon Art Foundation in Pasadena (USA).

Avalokiteshvara in his padmapani form stands on a lotus over a plinth, his right hand in the fear-allaying gesture, the other holding the stem of a (broken) lotus flower, his hair tied in a fan shape, an effigy of Amitabha at the front. He has an antelope skin over his left shoulder, no crown or jewellery. His lower garment is much shorter on one side and decorated with an incised geometrical pattern.

 

11th century, Kashmir or Western Tibet, Avalokiteshvara, brass, private collection, photo by Christie's.

11th century, Kashmir or Kashmiri artist in Western Tibet, Avalokiteshvara, brass, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

On this example, the flaming halo behind him is topped with a finial and flowing ribbons.

11th c., Kashmir or WT, Avalokiteshvara, brass, 33,7 cm, close up, Christie's

The bodhisattva has a diamond incised in the palm of his hand with a lotus at the centre, an antelope skin  knotted across his chest, an effigy of Amitabha in his headdress.

11th c., Kashmir or WT, Avalokiteshvara, brass, 33,7 cm, dhoti, Christie's

He wears a dhoti shorter on one side and decorated with an incised and stippled motif, a beaded belt and a flat celestial scarf.

11th century, Kashmir, Avalokiteshvara, brass, private collection, published by Dr Ajay Kumar Singh.

11th century, Kashmir, Avalokiteshvara, brass, private collection, published by Dr Ajay Kumar Singh.

This fine example, once belonging to a West Tibetan prince, shows him adorned with a necklace, large floral earrings, some bangles, a foliate garland and a sash across his chest.

11th-12th century, Kashmir, Avalokiteshvara, brass, photo by Lempertz.

11th-12th century, Kashmir, Avalokiteshvara, brass, photo by Lempertz.

This  figure (including its plain halo and low pedestal) is very similar to a Vajrasattva at the British Museum published recently and labelled 15th century Kashmir. The facial features and crown are reminiscent of West Tibetan or West Himalayan works from the 10th to the 12th century but the plain halo and garland point to a later date. The round object in the palm of his right hand may be a gem (but more likely an embossed lotus).

Same as before, at a Berlin museum.

Same as before, at the museum of Asian art in Berlin.

This one has a large buddha (Amitabha) in his headdress.

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