A remarkable wood carving of this special form of Avalokiteshvara, standing on a double-lotus pedestal, his left hand placed on his left thigh, the right hand held down in an unusual position.
He has Tibetan facial features and wears a tall tripartite crown with an effigy of himself at the front, large bell-shaped earrings, a long cloth belt with a floral buckle, a broad sash knotted on one side and with part of the cloth hanging rigidly next to his leg.
Originally labelled ’16th century, Mongolia’ on the Tibetan Mongolian Museum Society’s website and consequently published in the Mongolian section of this blog, this sculpture is fairly similar to the previous one in shape and design and labelled ’19th century, Tibet’ on HAR , which is more likely.
The use of turquoise inlay, the indeterminate effigy on his crown and the painted rather than sculpted facial features suggest a fairly recent date for this bodhisattva, whose small oval face, thin waist and discreet hair buns are closer in style to the original Nepalese sandalwood statue at the Potala than the previous items.
Published in a previous post with a photo from Christie’s , this rare sculpture depicts Avalokiteshvara with his left hand on his hip – no lotus – and his right hand in the gesture of supreme generosity, like Phagpa Lokeshvara. However, he has a different hairstyle, crown and earrings and wears a sacred cord, a necklace and matching bracelets.