This form of Avalokiteshvara is rarely seen, especially since the majority of sculptures are made of wood – like the emblematic 7th century Nepalese statue at the Potala (heavily restored with a thick coat of gilding that covers the details), and most of them have lost an arm – or both. This one has lost its feet but the arms and hands are intact.
He holds his left hand against his hip, the other does he gesture of supreme generosity. His knee-length garment is held in place with a belt and complemented by a broad sash worn low down and knotted on one side.
Unlike most versions, he has no mass of hair folded across his head but long strands of curls falling over his shoulders. He displays other unusual features such as the rosettes on his crown, a broad v-shape necklace (a design often seen on 16th- 17th century Nepalese sculptures) and, above all, an effigy of Amitahba in his crown. Many images of Avalokiteshvara have one but in his phagpa lokeshvara form the front part of his crown is either plain or decorated with an effigy of himself.