Vajradharma Lokeshvara, Bronze with silver inlay, Pakistan (NW Frontier Province, probably Swat Valley)

Vajradharma Lokeshvara

Date:
9th century
Culture:
Pakistan (NW Frontier Province, probably Swat Valley)
Medium:
Bronze with silver inlay
Dimensions:
H. 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm); W. 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm); D. 3 5/16 in. (8.4 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, 1942
Accession Number:
42.25.20
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 237
The peacocks that support the lotus cushion identify this bodhisattva as Vajradharma Lokeshvara. Shown in the act of opening a lotus flower, he also holds a bow and arrow, tools to dispel impediments to enlightenment. His spiritual mentor Amitabha Buddha is enthroned in his diadem.
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller , New York (on loan to MMA from 1937 to 1942; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Bronze Sculptures from Asia," February 25, 1975–March 21, 1976.

New York. Asia House Gallery. "The Silk Route and The Diamond Path: Esoteric Buddhist Art on the Trade Routes of the Trans-Himalayan Region," February 6, 1983–April 3, 1983.

Washington D.C. National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. "The Silk Route and The Diamond Path: Esoteric Buddhist Art on the Trade Routes of the Trans-Himalayan Region," April 28, 1983–June 30, 1983.

New York. Asia Society. "A Passion for Asia: The Rockefeller Family Collects," February 23, 2006–September 3, 2006.

New York. Asia Society. "The Arts of Kashmir," October 2, 2007–January 27, 2008.