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Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara Padmapani with attendants

Cham people9th-10th century

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

An enlightened Buddhist being, the compassionate bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara appears here as Padmapani, the lotus bearer. Encircled by a halo, he can be identified by the long-stemmed lotus, a symbol of purity, held in one of his four hands, and the tiny image of the Amitabha Buddha in his matted locks. According to legend, Avalokiteshvara was born of a beam of light from Amitabha’s right eye. One of the attendant figures flanking this extremely rare gilded bodhisattva shares his attributes.

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  • Title: Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara Padmapani with attendants
  • Creator: Cham people
  • Date Created: 9th-10th century
  • Location Created: Vietnam, Asia
  • Physical Dimensions: h560 cm
  • Type: Sculpture, bronze, gold
  • Rights: Purchased 2011
  • External Link: National Gallery of Australia

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