Surrounded by an elegant flaming mandorla decorated with mythical creatures and flowers, Avalokiteshvara holds the stem of a large lotus in his left hand while doing an unusual gesture with the right hand, thus displaying rings on two of his fingers.
There is an elaborate effigy of Amitabha at the front of his crown and the skin of an antelope over his left shoulder. His wide-open almond-shaped eyes inlaid with silver are reminiscent of works from Himachal Pradesh seen in previous posts.
Standing on a lotus atop a stepped plinth, Avalokiteshvara in his padmapani form, with an effigy of Amitabha in his headdress, a small antelope skin over his left shoulder and a large lotus in his left hand, the right hand is held in the fear-allaying gesture. His short dhoti is decorated with an incised and stippled motif. The cold gold and lapis lazuli powder suggest that the statue was worshipped in Tibet. We saw a similar tear-shaped nimbus with deeply engraved curly flames along the edge here.