An image of Standing Avalokiteshvara

Unknown Artist

Standing Avalokiteshvara

Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

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.

Place of origin
Central Java, Java, Indonesia
Year
8th century
Media
Sculpture
Medium
copper alloy with traces of gilding
Dimensions
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.
Credit
D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2000
Accession number
2.2000