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Eight-armed Avalokiteshvara
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Eight-armed Avalokiteshvara


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Description This figure of the Bodhisattva of Compassion is a bronze replica of one of the twenty-three stone images King Jayavarman VII sent to different parts of the kingdom in 1191 in a celebration of the compassion the king attributed to his own father. The small figures of the Buddha can be understood as representing the qualities of Buddhahood that lie in every pore of Avalokiteshvara's skin, and the figures around the waist are an outward manifestation of advanced techniques of meditation.
Exhibitions
  • Unearthly Elegance: Buddhist Art from the Griswold Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995.
Provenance Brahmanical Temple (Bot Phram), Bangkok; Alexander B. Griswold, Monkton, July 1949 [presented to the Breezewood Foundation, December 1960, inv. no. 471]; Walters Art Museum, 1992, by bequest.
Credit Bequest of A. B. Griswold, 1992

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Period
ca. 12th-13th century (BĂ yon)
Medium
low-tin bronze
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.2726
Measurements
H with base: 20 5/8 x W: 12 x D: 5 11/16 in. (52.4 x 30.5 x 14.5 cm) H without base: 18 5/8 in. (47.31 cm)
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Not On View

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