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

Indian Museum, Kolkata

Indian Museum, Kolkata
Kolkata, India

The beautifully executed figure of Avalokitesvara is characterized by sharp features and half-closed eyes suggestive of spiritualism. Seated on a double-petalled lotus and inlalitasanaattitude, his right hand displays thevarada mudrawhile the left holds the stem of possibly a lotus (now lost). An effigy of dhyani Buddha Amitabha is on his matted crest. An impression of a seal is on the left side of the back slab. Usually the seal is an estampage of the Buddhist creed of ‘ye dharma….’


  • Title: Avalokitesvara
  • Date: Pala period, ca. 10th century C.E.
  • Location: Indian Museum, Kolkata
  • Physical Dimensions: Terracotta, 30.4x20.4x10.8 cm.
  • Provenance: Bodhgaya, Bihar, India.
  • Type: Sclupture

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