On View: Asian Galleries, Southwest, 2nd floor
This early South Indian image of Avalokiteshvara has features that would come to be associated with this Bodhisattva, most notably the presence of a small figure of a meditating Buddha (usually identified as the Buddha Amitabha) on the front of his crown. It was carved on the back of a much earlier architectural element with a large lotus on it, probably dating to the second or third century C.E.
Iksvakhu or Pallava Period
16 3/8 × 13 1/2 × 7 3/16 in. (41.6 × 34.3 × 18.3 cm)
mount (with object): 17 1/2 × 14 × 7 in. (44.5 × 35.6 × 17.8 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Georgia and Michael de Havenon
Avalokiteshvara Padmapani, 3rd-6th century. Limestone, 16 3/8 × 13 1/2 × 7 3/16 in. (41.6 × 34.3 × 18.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Georgia and Michael de Havenon, 81.280. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 81.280_front_bw.jpg)
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