1. Eleven headed thousand armed Avalokitesvara
Avalokitesvara is arguably the most popular Bodhisattva and is the embodiment of the Buddhist concept of compassion. The name Avalokitesvara means literally 'The Lord Who Looks Down' [on the world]. As such, he listens to the pleas of those who call on his name and offers them succour.
This eighteenth century Ching dynasty, Tibeto-Chinese sculpture represents him in his eleven headed thousand armed form.
The sculpture was formerly gilded, traces of which remain. The base sealing plate has been lost and replaced with a modern copper one.
Detail: alternate view
Detail: close-up view