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Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, Mid-9th century

India: Bihar, Nalanda, 850-899
Bronze
6-1/2 x 3-5/8 in. (16.5 x 9.2 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
M.1974.09.1.S
© Norton Simon Art Foundation

On view

Avalokiteshvara is the bodhisattva of compassion, a popular Buddhist deity. His left hand holds the stalk of a lotus, whose blossom appears at his shoulder. The palm of his right hand rests on his knee in the gesture of charity. Avalokiteshvara can be identified by the small seated figure of Amitabha, his parental Buddha, who is depicted on his crown.


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