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Title

Standing Avalokiteshvara

8th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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.


Details


Place where the work was made

Central Java Java Indonesia


Date

8th century


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

copper alloy with traces of gilding


Dimensions

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.


Credit

D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2000


Accession number

2.2000



Place

Where the work was made
Central Java

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


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