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Title

Figure of Lokeshvara

20th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This large sculpture is of iconographical interest, since it is an exceptionally large representation of the cosmic form of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, known as Sahasrabhiya Lokeshvara. This form of Avalokiteshvara comprises 11 heads and 1,000 arms. The 11 heads are arranged in three diminishing tiers, each of three heads, surmounted by one angry head, and on the top the head of the Buddha Amitabha. The eight hands at the front of the figure hold various attributes: a lotus, an arrow, a mirror, a rosary, and so forth. Behind these hands are a further 42, 21 on each side of the figure, while the halo alludes to the 1,000 arms Avalokiteshvara has to help sentient beings on their paths to enlightenment.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, June 2004.


Details


Place where the work was made

Nepal


Cultural origin

Tibetan style


Date

20th century


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

copper alloy, gilding


Dimensions

126.0 cm :

a - figure; 110 x 53 x 32 cm

b - aureole; 114 x 101.5 x 4.5 cm


Credit

Gift from the Ian Findlay Family 2004


Location

Not on display


Accession number

199.2004.a-b



Place

Where the work was made
Nepal