Bodhisattva Arya-Avalokiteśvara


Bodhisattva Arya-Avalokiteśvara

Sculpture / Nara

Heian period, 10th century

Wood, single block construction

H 172.5


This statue came from the Buddhist hall of Ōmiya-jinja Shrine in Kameoka city, Kyoto Prefecture. It was thought to be made in the latter half of the tenth century, however it strongly retains traditional elements of the Esoteric Buddhist sculptures in the ninth century, such as a posture of twisting waist and slightly uplifted right foot, as well as the cylindrical diadem and the fleshy face.

Masterworks from the Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall at the Nara National Museum. Nara National Museum, 2010, p.141, no.129.

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