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Nepalese Stone Panel of Avalokitesvara - CB.3403
Origin: Nepal
Circa: 11 th Century AD to 13 th Century AD

Collection: Buddhist
Medium: Schist


Location: Great Britain
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This finely carved arched stele depicts the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara in four-armed form. The arch pays homage to the shape of a stupa, identifying itself as a sanctuary of a holy figure or relic. The wavy pattern on the edge of the stele is a pearl-and-flame aureole, testifying to the great power of the bodhisattva. Seated upon a lotus pedestal in relaxed posture, Avalokistevara wears a princely jewelled outfit, which is the traditional way to depict a bodhisattva. An elaborate crown and headdress, lotus earrings, armbands, wristbands, and keyura all symbolise the bodhisattva’s transcendent nature and spiritual advancement. He holds a lotus flower by its stem in each of his upper hands, while his lower left arm hugs a jar of lotus blossom, and his lower right holds abhaya (fear-not) mudra. - (CB.3403)

 

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