Western Tibet, Avalokiteshvara – standing (9)

11th-12th century, Western Tibet or Ladakh, Avalokiteshvara, bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo by Koller.

Avalokiteshvara in his padmapani form, with a doll-like body, wearing a Pala-style low crown and long incised dhoti, his antelope skin worn on the right shoulder instead of the left, his hair gathered into a two-tier chignon topped with a finial, a sash around his hips.

12th century, same as before, photo by Cornette de St Cyr.

On early works from Western Tibet and Ladakh, he may also be depicted with a long floral or foliate garland and a tripartite crown with triangular panels.

Same as before, photo by Pundole’s.

Another variant, on a Pala-style lotus base, with a short striped dhoti decorated with an incised floral pattern and complemented by a sash, a water pot balancing from his right hand, a low crown with oversized bows and ribbons. Most of his accessories, the stem of the lotus and even his knee caps are marked with incisions.




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