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
- 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.