Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara
8th century
Thailand: Buriram Province, Prasat Hin Khao Plai Bhat II
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This large, exquisite bronze sculpture was part of a small cache of Buddhist bronzes found in a burial chamber of Prasat Hin Khao Plai Bat II in what is today northeastern Thailand. At the time of its discovery, the sculpture was found wrapped in textiles, suggesting that its burial was purposeful and had sacred significance.

Although the figure is missing his attributes, which were detachable and have become lost in time, the image of Amitabha Buddha seated in the jata (matted hair) identifies him as the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara.

Details

  • Title: Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara
  • Date: 8th century
  • Medium: Bronze
  • Dimensions: overall: 36 x 13-1/2 x 7 in. (91.4 x 34.3 x 17.8 cm)
  • Credit Line: Norton Simon Art Foundation
  • Accession Number: M.1980.14.S
  • Copyright: © Norton Simon Art Foundation

Object Information

Pal, Pratapaditya, Asian Art at the Norton Simon Museum, Volume 3: Art from Sri Lanka & Southeast Asia, no. 96 pp. 102-105, 109, 128-129, 133, 188
Lost Kingdoms: Hindu Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, n. 4 pp. 237-238
Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, cat. 832 p. 343
Pal, Pratapaditya, Marg, fig. 24 pp. 74, 77, 80
Pal, Pratapaditya, Asian Art: Selections from the Norton Simon Museum, fig. 10 p. 67
Pal, Pratapaditya, American Collectors of Asian Art, fig. 24 pp. 138, 141, 144
Bunker, Emma C., Archives of Asian Art, no. 12, figs. 17-18 pp. 67, 70, 74
Knoke, Christine, Minerva, fig. 7 p. 28
Boisselier, Jean, Artibus Asiae, fig. 24 pp. 286, 290, 303, 306, 308, 334
Bunker, Emma C., Arts of Asia, no. 24 pp. 116-117, 123
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