Eight-armed Avalokiteshvara

Cambodianca. 12th-13th century (Bàyon)

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, United States

This figure of the Bodhisattva of Compassion is a bronze replica of one of the twenty-three stone images King Jayavarman VII sent to different parts of the kingdom in 1191 in a celebration of the compassion the king attributed to his own father. The small figures of the Buddha can be understood as representing the qualities of Buddhahood that lie in every pore of Avalokiteshvara's skin, and the figures around the waist are an outward manifestation of advanced techniques of meditation.


  • Title: Eight-armed Avalokiteshvara
  • Creator Nationality: Cambodian
  • Date Created: ca. 12th-13th century (Bàyon)
  • Physical Dimensions: w30.5 x h48 x d14.5 cm
  • Type: sculpture; figures
  • Rights: Bequest of A. B. Griswold, 1992, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/
  • External Link: The Walters Art Museum
  • Medium: low-tin bronze
  • Provenance: Brahmanical Temple (Bot Phram), Bangkok; Alexander B. Griswold, Monkton, July 1949 [presented to the Breezewood Foundation, December 1960, inv. no. 471]; Walters Art Museum, 1992, by bequest.
  • Place of Discovery: Bangkok, Thailand
  • ExhibitionHistory: Unearthly Elegance: Buddhist Art from the Griswold Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995
  • Artist: Cambodian

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