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Padmapani Lokeshvara Seated on the Rock

Padmapani Lokeshvara Seated on the Rock

8th Century

Bronze with silver overlay

Overall: 11.5 cm (4 1/2 in.); Base: 6.3 cm (2 1/2 in.)

Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1971.20

Description

Though diminutive, this image conveys a monumental power through the intense expression particular to Kashmiri art. He sits alert in yogic concentration on a lotus pedestal that exists miraculously in a rocky wilderness. His left hand holds the stem of a lotus flower—the main attribute of this bodhisattva of compassion. His generously sized right hand with fleshy palm is in the gift-giving gesture. The tiny figure of Amitabha, the Buddha who sits in meditation in his crown, identifies the image as Avalokiteshvara.

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