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Figure of Lokeshvara

20th century


Unknown Artist

No image
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Cultural origin
    Tibetan style
    20th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    copper alloy, gilding
    126.0 cm :

    a - figure, 110 x 53 x 32 cm

    b - aureole, 114 x 101.5 x 4.5 cm

    Gift from the Ian Findlay Family 2004
    Not on display
    Accession number
  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made