Bodhisattva, probably Padmapani Lokeshvara

Period: Licchavi–Thakuri periods

Date: 10th–11th century

Culture: Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)

Medium: Gilt copper alloy

Dimensions: H. 11 7/8 in. (30.2 cm)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Gift of Margery and Harry Kahn, 1981

Accession Number: 1981.59


Skillfully modeled, this bare-chested bodhisattva stands in a subtle contrapuntal posture. The right leg is slightly relaxed, with the weight of the body resting on the rigid left leg. He holds a fly whisk in his raised right hand and the stem of a lotus (the upper portion of which has not survived) in his left. The deity is dressed in the orthodox fashion of the period with the usual complement of jewelry; the sacred thread is worn from the left shoulder to the right knee, and a sash, slung diagonally across the abdomen, terminates in full drapery folds with pointed hems. The complex arrangement of the garments balances the elaborate lower portion of the lotus stem. The elegant proportions of this tall figure are emphasized by the high chignon and tripartite tiara.