AGE: – 15th – 16th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Clay or Terracotta
DESCRIPTION: – 15th-16th Century Nepalese Clay Avalokitsvara Padamapani – Repair to top section of reredos. Selling with or without glass box.
HEIGHT: – 18cm
DEPTH: – 5cm
WEIGHT: – 650gms
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This Circa 15th-16th Nepalese Clay Avalokitsvara Padamapani is representative of one of the most popular Buddhist deities of the Himalayas. He is seen most often holding the lotus flower (padma), and is referred to as Padmapana meaning holder of the lotus. This deity is also sometimes seen in a seated position on a double lotus pedestal.
Padmapani, also known as as a Maitreya (future Buddha or Buddha to be), he is the embodiment of compassion and wisdom. It is believed that Padmapani refused nirvana (death) until all of mankind had attained deliverance or achieved nirvana themselves.
The face of Padmapani is more often seen with a gentle smile, a slender figure with the lower right hand in the gesture of giving (varada mudra), with the left hand holding the stem of the lotus flower blossoming at shoulder level.
The upper part of the body is unclothed apart from crown, necklace and earrings, whilst the lower half of the body is shown with pendants hanging from a narrow waist band. Padmapani is standing on a double lotus pedestal and curved reredos and is given the colour red traditionally assigned to this Avalokitesvara.