Avalokiteshvara Padmapani – The "Lotus Bearer"
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ABS 014

 Code: ABS 014

  Country: Tibet (west)


  Date: 1050 - 1150

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 7.7 x 40.2 x 7.4

  Materials: Brass

Avalokiteshvara Padmapani

Avalokiteshvara Padmapani (the lotus bearer) embodies the compassion of all the Buddhas. He is one of the most revered bodhisattvas in Buddhism. His right hand performs the gesture of generosity, and his left hand holds the stem of a lotus flower. He is adorned with several of the royal ornaments (crown, earrings, belt with pendants...) and his hair is braided into a topknot in the manner of the Indian ascetics. This portrait is a good example of Tibetan production, in which foreign influences from Kashmir, Nepal and north-east India are blended, without being clearly attributable.

Bodhisattvas are "heroes for the awakening". They are advanced practitioners who are motivated by compassion, and who strive to help all sentient beings to attain liberation on their path to perfect Buddhahood. Their royal adornments symbolise the quality of their spiritual realisation.