Ascetic form of Avalokiteshvara Padmapani
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India and Nepal
Orientation 2
Display 1

ABS 016

 Code: ABS 016

  Country: India (north-west)

  Style: Swat

  Date: 600 - 700

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 6.2 x 10 x 4.1

  Materials: Brass: eyes and urna are inlaid with silver

Ascetic form of Avalokitesvara Padmapani displaying the gesture of generosity (varada-mudra).

Padmapani is shown here in the siddhi-like ascetic form distinguished by long hair and few ornaments - restricted here to a beaded necklace, the “investiture with the sacred thread” (yajnopavita), and bracelets. Note the small effigy of the transcendental Buddha Amitabha attached to the matted crown of hair (jatamakuta).