Bodhisattva, Probably Amoghapasa Lokeshvara

Period: early Malla period

Date: 14th–15th century

Culture: Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)

Medium: Wood with traces of gesso and color

Dimensions: H. 70 5/8 in. (179.4 cm); W. 20 11/16 in. (52.6 cm); D. 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Gift of Margery and Harry Kahn, 1982

Accession Number: 1982.247


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.