Description Though a bodhisattva has attained enlightenment, he or she postpones nirvana (the cessation of existence and suffering) in order to help others on their own paths toward this goal. As the bodhisattva of compassion, Avalokiteshvara is especially popular. Often recognized by his lotus attribute, he is also called Padmapani, the one with the lotus ("padma") in his hand ("pani"). This sumptuous bronze sculpture, gilded and inlaid with semiprecious stones, may have been created in Tibet by migrant artists from Nepal, for it bears a stylistic resemblance to Newari works from the Kathmandu Valley.
- Desire and Devotion: Art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham. 2001-2003.
Provenance Ian Alsop, New York and Santa Fe [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore, March 25, 1997, by purchase.
Credit Promised gift of John and Berthe Ford
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