Avalokiteshvara Padmapani – The "Lotus Bearer"
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ABS 089

 Code: ABS 089

  Country: India (north-east)

  Style: Late Pala Style

  Date: 1100 - 1200

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 7.3 x 12 x 4.5

  Materials: Brass

Avalokiteshvara Padmapani - the “Lotus Bearer” seated in the attitude of ease (lalitasana)

In modern terminology, Bodhisattva images with a lotus (padma) attribute, and with or without an effigy of Amitabha in the crown or the hair, are identified as Avalokiteshvara Padmapani. The name Padmapani does not occur in traditional Indian Sanskrit literature such as Sadhanamala (SM) or Nispannayogavali (NSP). This deity is named in these texts variously Lokeshvara (SM 280; NSP 26), Lokesha (SM 83), Avalokiteshvara (NSP 2), or Lokanatha (SM 8, 18, 19, 41).