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Standing Avalokiteshvara, bodhisattva of compassion

8th century


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Central Java Java Indonesia
    Central Javanese period → Indonesia
    8th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    copper alloy, traces of gold leaf
    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
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Central Java

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

  • Provenance

    Alex Biancardi, pre Nov 1988, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia

    Danny Biancardi, Nov 1988-Feb 2000, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, by descent. Purchased by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2000.