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An image of Standing Avalokiteshvara by

Central Java, Java, Indonesia

Standing Avalokiteshvara
Place of origin
Central JavaJavaIndonesia
8th century
Media category
Materials used
copper alloy with traces of gilding

13.8 x 3.6 x 3.1 cm; 15.2 x 4.7 x 3.6 cm object with stand

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2000
Accession number
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

The standing Avalokiteshvara is of a Central Javanese style but made of a very dark bronze. Avalokiteshvara is depicted holding a book ('pustaka') in his left hand and with his right hand in 'varada mudra', the gesture of granting grace. He wears a simple sarong tied at the waist and wears little ornament except for a necklace and the sacred thread ('upavita'). The proportions of this figure are long and elegant and the slightly square face is crowned by a tall and distinctively styled hairdo ('jatamukuta') recalling the South Indian influence.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 16 February 2000.

Bibliography (2)

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2003, 338 (colour illus.).

Pratapaditya Pal, Orientations, 'Sensuous Spirituality: Hindu and Buddhist Art from the Indic Cultural Realm', pg. 80-87, Hong Kong, Sep 2000, 84 (illus.; colour illus.). fig.7 and 7a

Exhibition history (1)

Conversations through the Asian collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Oct 2014–05 Sep 2015