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


This bodhisattva, richly bejeweled and crowned, holds a flywhisk in his raised hand, indicating that he was designed to attend an image of the Buddha. Stylistically, this work belongs to the transitional post-Licchavi period, when eastern Indian Pala influences are evident in the greater adornment and elaboration of detail.