Avalokiteshvara

Tibetan
12th–13th century


Object Place: Tibet

Dimensions

height: 93.5 cm (36 13/16 in.) Mount: 10 x 25.5 x 25cm (3 15/16 x 10 1/16 x 9 13/16)

Accession Number

2003.339

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Sculpture

Bronze sculpture of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. Figure stands in a swaying posture with one hand extended, palm-forward, in the gesture of wish-granting (Sanskrit: varada mudra). The other hand is raised slightly to hold the stem of a lotus plant; the lotus flower blooms above his shoulder. The Bodhisattva wears elaborate jewelry, including a crown and garland, both of which are now partially void.

Provenance

1967, said to have been sold by Spink and Son, London, to Leonidas Goulandris, Arjuna Arts, Ltd. [see note]; 2003, sold by Goulandris to Doris Wiener, Inc., New York; 2003, sold by Doris Wiener to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 17, 2003)

NOTE: According to a signed statement (July 29, 2003) from Leonidas Goulandris to Doris Wiener.

Credit Line

Keith McLeod Fund