Bodhisattva Padmapani

13th century (made)


Height: 73 cm, Width: 20.3 cm

IM 156-1929 SSEA

Figure of Bodhisattva Padmapani, cast bronze with traces of of gilding, Tibet, 13th century.

BODHISATTVA PADMAPANI: Bronze, Tibet, 13th century. This elegant figure of the Bodhisattva displays the technical excellence of metal casting in Tibet of the 13th century. The double lotus base with pearl border is probably a later replacement dating from 16th-17th century.

The high quality of metal casting in Tibet during the 13th century is demonstrated by this elegant figure. The style of the figure reveals the strong influence of north Indian models during the 11th to 13th centuries. This was linked to the absorption of Buddhist teachings from the great monasteries of the region at that time.

Location: South-East Asia, room 47a, case 13

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