Pala India, Shadakshari Lokeshvara

12th century, India, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, brass, at the British Museum in London (UK).

12th century, India, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, brass, at the British Museum in London (UK).

Seated in the vajra position, Avalokiteshvara has two hands in prayer and another two  holding a rosary and a lotus flower. This ‘Shadakshari Lokeshvara’ form is  thought to be the embodiment of the ‘om mani padme hum’ mantra. He has silver-inlaid eyes and urna, a small effigy of Amitabha on the central panel of his tiara, the latter incised with a geometrical motif that matches the decoration on the two-tier plinth of the tall lotus base on which he sits.  His jewellery and his long dhoti are also decorated with incisions, the end of the garment forms a double-scallop shape below his ankles.

Same as before, copper alloy, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (USA).

Same as before, copper alloy, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (USA).

This masterpiece depicts him with an elaborate pyramidal headdress including small flowers, enhanced by showy side bows.

Same as before, private collection, photo by Koller.

Same as before, private collection, photo by Koller.

This one wears a knee-length dhoti and a thin celestial scarf that shows below his elbows. There is a large effigy of Amitabha between his low tiara and his tall Indian-style chignon (jatamukata).

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