The Avalokitesvara is cast from a copper alloy (brass or bronze) with incised decoration, cold paint and semi-precious stones. The copper alloy surface is gilded. The facial areas are pigmented and painted. The hair is blue, lips red and brows black. The skin is first covered with a white ground layer followed by gold powder paint. The space under the pedestal is hollow and may contain prayer scrolls or other material. The bottom is sealed by a sheet of copper with a punched flower in the center.
The paint on the head had some minor losses and lifting areas. The fragile areas were consolidated with a butyl methacrylate adhesive that did not cause any visual change in color, matte surface or general appearance of the paint.
|7/21/2016||Examination||Examined for accession|
|7/12/2017||Treatment||Treated for exhibition|