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Head of a Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara or Maitreya (?)

15-16 th Century

(Western) Tibet

Bronze with blue pigment

H 13 cm

The face of the Bodhisattva is framed by an elaborate crown and he expresses a princely authority: closed eyes and a nice smile around the perfectly carved lips. His hair is arranged in an elaborate topknot. The five-leaf crown is embellished with semi-precious stones and decorated with lotus flowers above each ear. The Bodhissatva has an urna on the forehead which had been engraved with a precious stone. The remains of large ear ornaments filled with stones are still visible.



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