Avalokitesvara (Inscribed)

Pala period, ca. 10th century C.E.

Indian Museum, Kolkata

Indian Museum, Kolkata

The tenth-century sculpture of Avalokitesvara stands on a lotus with his left foot slightly turned to the left. He is seen wearing all ornaments including a diadem on his matted crest having an effigy ofDhyaniBuddha Amitabha on it. He displays thevarada mudrawith the right hand and holds the stem of a full-blown lotus carrying a seated figure of Samantabhadra. The nimbus inscribed with the Buddhist creed is edged with petal designs, on the right side of which is an effigy of Akshobhya. The central figure is attended by seated Manjusri to the left, recognizable by theutpalaheld in his left hand, the right being in the abhaya mudra and by the pendant with tiger claws (the ornament befitting akumara). The seated figure to the right possibly represents Bodhisattva Samantabhadra recognizable by the globular element(chakra?)placed on the lotus held by his left hand. His right hand is held up near the breast. A one line inscription is found on the lotus pedestal reading‘sutradhara-sri-Rajhena-karitam’which means ‘made by the mason Rejha’.

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  • Title: Avalokitesvara (Inscribed)
  • Date: Pala period, ca. 10th century C.E.
  • Location: Indian Museum, Kolkata
  • Physical Dimensions: Basalt, 75x35x19.5cm.
  • Provenance: Bihar, India.
  • Type: Sclupture


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