About this object

A Chinese or Sino-Tibetan standing gilt bronze statue of Padmapani. He is known as the Lotus carrier, a form of Avalokiteshvara. His left hand is raised to his heart in the mudra of varada, the gesture of charity and his right hand palm facing is lowered in the gesture of generosity. Above his shoulders are elaborately opened lotus. He wears the crown and the ornaments of the Bodhisattva. He stands on a single lotus pedestal. His hands are disproportionately large compared to the rest of his body. The figure has been fixed in place the wrong way round on its base, so the undecorated part of the base faces forward.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    Late 18th Century
  • Materials
    Bronze; Gilt Metal; Pigment
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the Abbey Art Centre
  • Collector
    V B Holland
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    Not recorded
  • Measurements
    140 mm x 62 mm x 63 mm; 5 1/2 in x 2 7/16 in x 2 1/2 in
  • Related people
    Abbey Art Centre (Owner); V B Holland (Collector)

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  • Tibet: Catalogue of Exhibits

    Tankard, Elaine

    Author: Tankard, Elaine
    Publisher: Liverpool Public Museums
    Date: 1953-03
    Description: Introductory essay and catalogue entries, in themes, for the 1953 exhibition; 'Tibet', held at the Walker Art Gallery.

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