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Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara

Date:
second quarter of the 8th century
Culture:
Northeastern Thailand
Medium:
Copper alloy inlaid with silver and glass or obsidian
Dimensions:
H. 56 in. (142.2 cm); W. 22 1/2 in. (57.2 cm); D. 15 1/4 in. (38.7 cm); Wt. est. 2001 lbs. (907.6 kg)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1967
Accession Number:
67.234
  • Description

    The cult of ascetic bodhisattvas was particularly powerful in Southeast Asia during the seventh and eighth centuries and was unquestionably the product of elite royal patronage. Historically, the region where the Prasat Hin Khao Plai Bat II hoard was recovered has been linked to the enigmatic Canasa polity, with a capital named Canasapura, somewhere in the Khorat Plateau, an area served by the Mun River system. But associating this hoard with that kingdom is speculative at best. Essentially the polity responsible for this extraordinary outburst of Buddhist art patronage remains unknown.


    cat. no. 141

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