An image of Standing Avalokiteshvara, bodhisattva of compassion

Unknown Artist

Standing Avalokiteshvara, bodhisattva of compassion

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
Indonesia: Central Javanese period
8th century
copper alloy, traces of gold leaf
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.

D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2000
Accession number
Alex Biancardi, pre Nov 1988, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia
Danny Biancardi, Nov 1988-Feb 2000, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, by descent. Purchased by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2000.