A copper alloy figure of Raktalokeshvara
Srivijaya, Peninsular Thailand, 8th-9th century
The deity is enshrined on a double-lotus over a square base, a cushion supporting his posture of meditation, his left hand holds the stem of a lotus while he gently opens its petals with his right, and his long jatas are piled high above his head with escaping locks spilling over his shoulders, his torso sensitively modeled and adorned with a long necklace and utapala cord, the shrine decorated with a ring of lotus buds with two symmetrically arching larger buds flanking a central projection that likely held a parasol.
7 1/2in (19 cm.) high