Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara

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Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara
Style/Origin  :  Srivijaya, ca. 9-11th century
Material  :  Sandstone
Size  :  Height 100 cm.
Provenance  :  Received from Wat Phra Borommathat, Chaiya district, Surat Thani province.
       Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara is standing and leaning slightly to one side on top of a lotus pedestal base.  The front of the high hair bun is decorated with meditating Buddha images.  Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara has shoulder length hair.  The face is rather round and the eyes are partially closed.  Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara is wearing a necklace and bracelet, and an item of clothing is draped across his left shoulder.  The right hand is lowered with the palm facing outwards in the Varada Mudra position which signifies the bestowing of a blessing or the giving of charity. The left hand is holding a water pot.  The image is wearing a long garment which covers the lower part of the body.  A tiger skin is worn wrapped around the waist; the tiger head can be discerned on the right leg.  Images of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara with a tiger skin wrapped around the waist are normally only found in art originating from the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Java island.  This image is evidence of the worship of Mahayana Buddhism by people living in the South of Thailand at that time.