Statue of Four-armed Avalokitesvara

The Divided Tubo period (AD 9-13 century)
Gold-plated Copper
Height 23cm

Four-armed Avalokitesvara is the important worship god of Tibetan Buddhists; and is considered as the “Snow Manjushri”. The figure sits in cross-legged posture, wears a crown on the head, with a crown knot crossing out of the ears, and with rolling silk fabrics. The figure has plump cheeks, and the deep set eyes which are widely open. The upper body bares, decorated with collars, armlets and bracelets, and the belt of meditation hangs on the left shoulder, and the lower body is dressed in a thin skirt. The two hands in the middle are clasping together, the other two hands are holding on both sides of the body, the right hand holds a rosary and the left hand holds a lotus. By the left and right sides of the main statue there are a statue of Four-armed Avalokitesvara sitting in cross-legged gesture, and a statue of Padmapani sitting in playing gesture. Under the lotus throne there is a polygonal contraction corbel style pedestal, on the behind, there is a large nimbus with boat-shaped flame pattern decorated with round canopy on the top. The whole statue is extremely beautiful, reflecting the distinctive characteristics of Indian Pala statues.