The bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara The bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara
Staand beeld met vier armen van Avalokitesvara.
c. 750 - c. 875

A bodhisattva is one who has almost attained the state of enlightenment, but chooses to remain in the human world to help others on their journey to this state. Avalokiteshvara is recognizable from his hairstyle, a tower of curls in which a figure of the Buddha Amitabha is meditating. The suggestion of movement in the leg and the simple lower garment are characteristic features of representations of Avalokiteshvara from northeast Thailand.

The bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, Anonymous, c. 750 - c. 875 - Rijksmuseum