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A carved Stele of Avalokiteshvara

16th-17th Century

Kathmandu Valley

Polished black stone, with tracings of pigment and offerings to surface



This fine polished black stone stele depicts the bodhisattva of compassion Avalokitesvara, standing benevolently on a blooming lotus base in his eleven headed form, Ek?da?amukha, with the two principle hands folded in anjali mudra at heart level. The other six radiating around his body, the top left hand holds a lotus flower, the middle hand a bow and arrow, and the lower a water-pot. The top right holds a rosary, the middle the remains of a miror, and the lower holds a wheel.

Private North English collection

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