Bodhisattva, Probably Amoghapasa Lokeshvara
early Malla period
Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)
Wood with traces of gesso and color
H. 70 5/8 in. (179.4 cm); W. 20 11/16 in. (52.6 cm); D. 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm)
Gift of Margery and Harry Kahn, 1982
In Nepal a popular manifestation of Avalokiteshvara is the eight-armed Amoghapasa, the lord whose noose (pasa) never fails to bind and secure devotees—that is, a redeemer whose powers of salvation are infallible. Here only two of the original eight arms survive intact. The surface shows traces of having been polychromed, and the figure would have been clad in rich garments during worship, including temple festivals.
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