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Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara
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Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara

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Description The inscription around the base states that this Lokeshvara was commissioned by a Buddhist monk ("bhiksu") for his own use. This may indicate that not only was it used as a personal votive object but that the monk would receive the rewards for having it made. (Usually inscriptions dedicate these rewards to a family member.)
  • 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; Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong. 2001-2003.
Provenance Ian Alsop, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore, December 15, 1980, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 2021, by gift.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2021

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1597/98 (year 719 of the era beginning 879)
gilded copper alloy
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H: 8 7/16 × W: 3 5/8 × D: 3 9/16 in. (21.4 × 9.2 × 9.1 cm)
  • Nepal (Place of Origin)
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