The bodhisattva of wisdom, a long-stemmed lotus in his left hand, is depicted in an unusual style, like a dark bronze of Tara seen previously (labelled ‘8th century, Swat Valley or Kashmir’). Both figures have a halo and are surrounded by an arch; their bodies are flat, with a thin waist, the torso swaying exaggeratedly to one side. Instead of the usual Swat Valley crown Avalokiteshvara has a huge effigy of Amitabha against his chignon.
The auctioneers inform that this figure is flat at the back. Many of the details are marked with deep incisions, including the singular ornament on the bodhisattva‘s head, where one would expect a fan-shaped hair bunch.
Seated on a brocaded cushion atop a rocky formation, his right leg pendent, Avalokiteshvara holds what looks like a stalkless lotus bud in his left hand.
A large open lotus flower and a bud for this dark bronze figure seated with his legs locked on a Swat-Valley style double-lotus base with no plinth.
Avalokiteshvara in a pensive mood, seated with a leg pendent, is a recurrent theme in Swat Valley portable sculptures.
Like Vajradharma Lokeshvara, this form of Avalokiteshvara plucks a lotus with is right hand but his seat is not supported by peacocks.
A Swat-Valley style brass padmapani with an effigy of Amitabha in his crown and the stalk of a (broken) lotus in his left hand, seated on a cushion atop an openwork wicker hassock, his left leg pendent, the foot placed on a lotus bud fastened to the base. The thick plinth with a kneeling devotee depicted in the opposite corner (probably the donor) is a recurrent feature in Kashmiri art.