Pala India, Avalokiteshvara – standing

11th century, Northeast India, Avalokiteshvara, copper alloy, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

11th century, Northeast India, Avalokiteshvara, copper alloy, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

The bodhisattva of compassion in his padmapani form stands on a small lotus pedestal over a tortoise base with engraved feet and tail, surrounded by a one-piece serrated mandorla strengthened with metal bars at the back of the figure. His long dhoti is decorated with a stippled floral motif, he wears beaded jewellery, a matching belt and sacred thread. The (oversized) right hand is extended palm out, in the gesture of supreme generosity.

12th century circa, Eastern India, Avalokiteshvara, brass with silver and copper inlay, private collection, published on auctionata.com.

12th century circa, Eastern India, Avalokiteshvara, brass with silver and copper inlay, private collection, published on auctionata.com.

This sculpture has lost part of its base and nearly all its backplate but the stiff legs, long dhoti with a festooned belt, and the facial features with silver and copper inlay are all typical of the place and period. He wears a small tiara and has an effigy of Amitabha in his headdress. There is a lotus flower embossed in the palm of his right hand.

12th century, Northeast India, Avalokiteshvara, brass, private collection, photo by Christie's.

12th century, Northeast India, Avalokiteshvara, brass, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

This variant shows the deity with a short dhoti, decorated with a stippled motif and held in place with a festooned belt, adorned with a low tiara, his tall Pala-style chignon topped with a jewel. The traces of lapis lazuli powder suggest it may have been worshipped in Tibet, where the Indian schools produced similar works.

 

 

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