A copper alloy figure of Avalokiteshvara
Central Tibet, circa 12th century
Standing with a beaded tassel falling between his legs, descending from the central pleat of his dhoti patterned with incised foliage motifs, his belt with a confidently executed kirtimukha mask at the centre from which extend strings of beaded swags encircling his hips and sitting below his flexed stomach and the arc of his ribcage, his hands incised with palm lines, the right displaying the gesture of supreme generosity while the left holds the stem of a fresh lotus bud, as two sinuously stemmed lotuses flank his body and bloom by his shoulders with robust petals, he is adorned with elaborate jewellery including armbands with a navaratana (nine-jewel) surrounded by foliate scrolls and an ascendant bud or jewel issuing from lotus sepals, a beaded necklace and another with a central navaratana medallion and leaf-shaped pendants, and a sacred chord draping over the left shoulder and traveling the contours of his body in the round, he has large circular earrings inserted into his earlobes flanking his youthful face with a downcast gaze, broad cheeks and undulating eyes centered by a raised rectangular urna below a row of curls before the three-leaf crown with side ribbons and a central leaf with beaked kirtimukha (face of glory) with lotus stems extending from its mouth and the same floral-jewel motif as appears on his arms, tucked behind it sits Buddha in dhyanasana before the neatly wound locks of his elaborate jatamukata and surmounting lotus sepals.
19 1/2 in. (49.5 cm) high