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Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara

Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, 14th century

Nepal, 1300-1399
Bronze with semiprecious stones
17-3/4 x 11 x 10 in. (45.1 x 28 x 25.4 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
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On view

Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion, can be identified by his primary attribute of a lotus flower. Although the lotus is missing from this finely cast bronze, the remnant of a stalk attached to the outside of his left arm offers a clue to his identity. This figure has several salient features, including an animal skin wrapped around his left forearm and an elaborately bejeweled tiara and earrings.

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