Seated Bodhisattva
India
Pala period, ca. 9th century
Copper alloy
9 cm (3 ½ in)
Provenanace
Exhibited

Embodying Compassion in Buddhist Art, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York (1 April–30 June 2015)

Casting the Divine: Sculptures of the Nyingjei Lam Collection, Rubin Museum of Art, New York (2 March 2012–11 February 2013)

Arte Buddhista Tibetana: Dei e Demoni dell' Himalaya, Palazzo Bricherasio, Turin (June–September 2004)

The Sculptural Heritage of Tibet: Buddhist Art in the Nyingjei Lam Collection, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (6 October–30 December 1999)

Publications

K. Lucic, Embodying Compassion in Buddhist Art: Image, Pilgrimage, Practice (Poughkeepsie: The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center), p. 67

F. Ricca, Arte Buddhista Tibetana: Dei e Demoni dell' Himalaya (Turin: Mondadori Electa, 2004), fig. IV.5

J. Watt, Himalayan Art Resources (himalayanart.org), no. 68406

D. Weldon and J. Casey Singer, The Sculptural Heritage of Tibet: Buddhist Art in the Nyingjei Lam Collection (London: Laurence King Pub, 1999), p. 19

This image likely depicts Sadakshari Lokeshvara, the four-armed variant of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. Seated in lalitasana, the posture of royal ease, on a double lotus platform, he sits surrounded by a flaming mandorla that is topped by a parasol. His proper right hand is lowered in varadamudra, while his left holds the stem of a lotus flower that blossoms over his shoulder. His rear hands are raised to his shoulders. He wears a short dhoti with a patterned scarf draped across his chest. His hair is piled into a jatamakuta centred by a dimunitive figure of the Buddha Amitabha seated in meditation.

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