Vajradharma Lokesvara (Inscribed)

Pala period, ca. 9th century C.E.

Indian Museum, Kolkata

Indian Museum, Kolkata
Kolkata, India

Seated in padmasana on a lotus supported on a pedestal, the god is adorned with a kiritamukutaand ornaments. The mutilated right hand possibly held a lotus near the breast, the stalk being held by the left hand. The Buddhist formula is inscribed around the halo. Two stupas are supported on the crossbar behind the image. The pedestal bears a pot-bellied female figure standing in alidha posture and holding an upraised sword in her right hand while displayingtarjani mudraby the left (held near the breast). Thepithais supported on the heads of two peacocks. The figure may be identified as that of the Vajradharma Lokesvara form of Avalokitesvara in which he caused to blossom a lotus against his chest.


  • Title: Vajradharma Lokesvara (Inscribed)
  • Date: Pala period, ca. 9th century C.E.
  • Location: Indian Museum, Kolkata
  • Physical Dimensions: Basalt, 59x35cm.
  • Provenance: Bihar, India.
  • Type: Sclupture

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