Unknowncirca 8th century

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales

The high headdress ('jatakamukuta') containing an image of the Buddha Amitabha identifies this figure as the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. Together with the long dhoti, with vertical folds in the middle and a cloth belt tied into a knot either side of the body, this denotes the influence of the Pallava school from Southern India. The piece is attributed to the Srivijaya culture, which dominated parts of Indonesia and Peninsula Thailand from the 600s to 1200s.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.324.

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  • Title: Avalokiteshvara
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: circa 8th century
  • Location: Peninsular Thailand, Thailand
  • Physical Dimensions: 10.0 x 3.5 x 1.7 cm; 10.3 x 3.5 x 1.7 cm object with stand
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2000
  • Medium: copper alloy
  • Signature & Date: Not signed. Not dated.
  • Period: Thailand: Srivijaya period 700 - 1200
  • Object Other Titles: Standing Avalokiteshvara


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