Bodhisattva, probably Avalokiteshvara

Period:
Anuradhapura period
Date:
ca. 8th century
Culture:
Sri Lanka
Medium:
Bronze with high tin content
Dimensions:
H. (with pedestal): 11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm); W. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm); D. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Foundation, 1994
Accession Number:
1994.509
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 242
Mahayana Buddhism once flourished in Sri Lanka, alongside Theravada Buddhism, as witnessed by this bejeweled bodhisattva.
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Foundation , Purchase, NY (until 1994; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Buddhist Art of Sri Lanka," 2010.