Early 18th century
Gilt bronze
25.4 cm (10 in)

The radiant figure of Shadakshari Lokeshvara depicts him with an enduring gaze and confident smile. He is the embodiment of the Om Mani Padme Hum mantra, whose six syllables are the seeds of the six realms in the great cosmic wheel. Their lord, he assists all beings on the path to enlightenment.

The impressive sculpture bears the hallmarks of the Zanabazar school, including the lithe and youthful treatment of the body, the broad and powerful shoulders, the staggered, flattened lotus petals, and the exceptional gilding. Compare with a closely related example in Tsultem, Zanabazar, Ulan Bator, 1982, p.100, no.83; another in the Ayurzana Collection, published in Narantuya, Treasures of Mongolian Art, Ulaanbaatar, 2005, p.48; and a third, with similar beaded treatment of the jewelry, published in Xia (ed.), Pu Ti Miao Xiang Shenyang, 2001, p.159, no.152.