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Standing Bodhisattva (Avalokitesvara or Maitreya)
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Standing Bodhisattva (Avalokitesvara or Maitreya)

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Description The legs stand apart, the right foot turns slightly outwards, and the torso is subtly tilted: all these elements suggest imminent movement and- rather than presenting a self-contained gracefulness- offer involvement. If in the left hand there was once a flask that has been broken above and below the fingers, the bodhisattva can be identified as Avalokitesvara. Otherwise, he is likely to be Maitreya.
  • Unearthly Elegance: Buddhist Art from the Griswold Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995.
Provenance Private collection (formerly Nakhon Pathom), prior to September 1948; Alexander B. Griswold, Monkton, September 1948 [presented to the Breezewood Foundation, December 1960, inv. no. 141]; Walters Art Museum, 1992, by bequest.
Inscriptions none
Credit Bequest of A. B. Griswold, 1992

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8th century (Dvaravati)
solid cast leaded high-tin bronze
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H: 7 5/16 × W: 2 3/8 in. (18.6 × 6 cm); H with tang: 8 11/16 in. (22.1 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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