India, Avalokiteshvara – various styles

11th century, Northeast India, Avalokiteshvara, bronze with silver-inlaid eyes, private collection, photo by Christie's.

11th century, Northeast India, Avalokiteshvara, bronze with silver inlay, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

The bodhisattva of compassion, in his padmapani form, holds his right hand in the fear-allaying gesture, seated with a leg pendant, on a tall Pala-style base with a row of very thick beading, surrounded by two elongated lotuses that match the triangular shape of his chignon, his eyes and rectangular urna inlaid with silver.

12th century, Eastern India, Avalokiteshvara, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie's.

12th century, Eastern India, Avalokiteshvara, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

A variant, with the right hand held in the gesture of supreme generosity.

11th-12th century, Northeast India, Avalokiteshvara, copper alloy, same as before.

11th-12th century, Northeast India, Avalokiteshvara, copper alloy, same as before.

This sober work depicts him seated in the vajra position on a plinth with a row of beading at the top, adorned with large earrings, beaded jewellery and a small three-leaf crown, his small chignon topped with a large lotus bud finial.

12th century, India, Avalokiteshvara, brass, private collection, published by Rossi & Rossi.

12th century, India, Avalokiteshvara, brass, private collection, published by Rossi & Rossi.

Seated at royal ease, his left hand holding a lotus stemming from the side of the base, the right arm resting over the knee, Avalokiteshvara displays the chin mudra, a gesture related to consciousness, with his right hand. His long dhoti is made of plain bands of cloth sewn together. He has no jewellery.

12th century, Eastern India, Avalokiteshvara, brass with silver, copper and stone inlay, at the British Museum in London (UK).

12th century, Eastern India, Avalokiteshvara, brass with silver, copper and stone inlay, at the British Museum in London (UK).

We saw a very similar Tara in a previous post, with the same silver-inlaid eyes and tall rectangular urna, the same type of  jewellery, and the same hairstyle, which consists in a small three or four-tier chignon topped with a finial. There is a silver lotus flower embossed in the palm of his right hand.

12th-13th century, Northeast India, Avalokiteshvara, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie's.

12th-13th century, Northeast India, Avalokiteshvara, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

 

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