INDONESIA, PROBABLY SUMATRA
7TH – 9TH CENTURY
H. 28 CMS, 11 INS.
A large and imposing bronze figure of Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva of wisdom and compassion, with a deep green patina, standing with his feet apart, the right hand lowered in varada (wish-granting)-mudra and the left holding a lotus stem, wearing and ankle-length sanghati secured by an elaborate belt, the face smiling and serene beneath a diadem and tall chignon adorned with a seated figure of Buddha Amitabha.
Reference: For a similar, multi-armed Bodhisattva from Palembang, Sumatra in the National Museum, Jakarta, please see plate 175 in A.J. Bernet Kempers, Ancient Indonesian Art, Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1959.
Provenance: Private English collection.