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Collection

An image of Avalokiteshvara by

Peninsular Thailand, Thailand

Title
Avalokiteshvara
Other titles:
Standing Avalokiteshvara
Place of origin
Peninsular ThailandThailand
Period
Srivijaya period 700 - 1200 → Thailand
Year
circa 8th century
Media category
Sculpture
Materials used
copper alloy
Dimensions

10.0 x 3.5 x 1.7 cm; 10.3 x 3.5 x 1.7 cm object with stand

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2000
Accession number
4.2000
Location
Not on display
Further information

The high headdress ('jatakamukuta') containing an image of the Buddha Amitabha identifies this figure as the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. Together with the long dhoti, with vertical folds in the middle and a cloth belt tied into a knot either side of the body, this denotes the influence of the Pallava school from Southern India. The piece is attributed to the Srivijaya culture, which dominated parts of Indonesia and Peninsula Thailand from the 600s to 1200s.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.324.

Bibliography (1)

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2003, 324 (colour illus.).