This rare work represents Avalokiteshvara in one of his four-hand forms, a rosary in his top right hand, the lower one doing the gesture of generosity, a long-stemmed lotus in the lower left hand and what looks like a book but may be a sheathed lasso in the upper left hand. Like many 10th and 11th century Kashmiri bodhisattvas, he sits with one leg folded towards him and the other pendant at a right angle. His Swat Valley style lotus seat is on a rocky formation including a kneeling figure, possibly the donor, in a corner. His facial features are strikingly similar to a 10th century Maitreya we saw in a previous post (see below) but with an effigy of Amitabha in his headdress.
This tantric form of the deity normally holds a rosary and a vajra sceptre in two of his right hands, a vajra-tipped hook, the stem of a lotus and a water pot in his left hands. The above example is seated on an open work hassock with scrolling vegetation supported by a Kashmiri-style plinth with an elephant and other animals at the front. The edge of the plain mandorla behind him is cut out in an unusual pattern of flames and jewels. He is adorned with princely jewellery and a foliate garland, more often seen on standing figures.