Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara

Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara
Place Made:
14th century
Bronze with semiprecious stones 
17-3/4 x 11 x 10 in. (45.1 x 28 x 25.4 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
On View

Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion, can be identified by his primary attribute of a lotus flower. Although the lotus is missing from this finely cast bronze, the remnant of a stalk attached to the outside of his left arm offers a clue to his identity. This figure has several salient features, including an animal skin wrapped around his left forearm and an elaborately bejeweled tiara and earrings.

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