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.
Srivijaya period 700 - 1200 → Thailand
circa 8th century
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.
D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2000
Not on display
Shown in 1 exhibition
Walking with gods, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Jun 2019–05 Jan 2020
Alex Biancardi, pre Nov 1998, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia
Danny Biancardi, Nov 1998-Feb 2000, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, by descent. Purchased by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2000.
Referenced in 1 publication
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2003, 324 (colour illus.).