- Museum number
- Object: Bodhisattva
Seated Bodhisattva in dhyāna with pendent lotus. The uttarīya is worn in the wide mode with the right knee covered and the paridhāna ends lie at a slant. On the left arm the drapery has an apparently unconnected length falling onto the thigh from under the forearm and another end may lie behind the back from the right elbow.
The head is regularly oval, the features large. Prominently rounded and open eyes are oblique under almost straight edges for eyebrows and the full chin is a little pointed. No ūrṇā survives on a damaged area. The halo is large and plain. On the turban a large cylindrical bead with flanking lotus cups connects two retaining bands radiating to each side and a third crossing behind the pleated fantail crest above, which has a central tapering ornament. At both sides is a vertical loop of cloth and a pleated end emerging from under a retaining band. Some hair appears beside the ears. The earrings consist of short strings of beads falling from small plates projecting at right angles from the ears.
The shoulders and chest are broad, and despite the uttariya some modelling and the breasts can be distinguished. The collar may be engraved with a pattern of triangles and rectangles between beaded vertical borders; the chain necklace of multiple strands with indistinct terminals has a large central barrel-shaped bead. Chains linked as on the preceding piece cross the upper right arm, and the cord running along the upper edge of the uttarīya bears one crescentic and one globular amulet and two short faceted cylindrical boxes mounted or capped at each end. On the hands the fingers are clear: the lower index finger slopes downwards, the fingers of the upper hand rise obliquely to the viewer. A nail is visible on the undamaged thumb. A lotus stalk appears only below the lower hand and ends in a rather bushy flower with centrally grooved petals. The visible armlet has a rectangular plate surmounted by a disc, both set with an open flower motif and with beaded outline; both wrists wear a double bracelet, perhaps set with pyramidal stones.
The seat is rectangular under a cushion with a broad horizontal undulating motif partly continued on one side only. Its face is decorated with panels diagonally bisected into triangles, each containing a small indented triangle.
- Production date
Diameter: 6 centimetres
Height: 31.80 centimetres
Width: 16.70 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Zwalf 1985
Haloed and with turban and ornaments, this princely figure has the usual appearance of what are considered the earliest images of Bodhisattvas as saviour deities. Few can be securely identified with named Mahāyāna Bodhisattvas. The lotus hanging from the lap, however, makes it probable that this is Padmapāṇi ('lotus in hand'), who merged with the compassionate Avalokiteśvara.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
Buddhism: Art and Faith (BM 1985)
- 1.Grey schist, slightly chipped.
2.Edge of halo, nose, lips and a thumb damaged.
3.Carved sides more or less intact; base rough and flat.
4.Back densely marked with horizontal chisel grooves.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- 'Taken from the Ruins in the Eusufzai Valley . . .' according to a letter from Lieutenant-Colonel W. Thorn Stuart of 13 February 1886.
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