Torso of Bodhisattva, probably Avalokiteshvara, ca. 6th century. Southern India. Lent by Victoria and Albert Museum, London (IM.300-1914) | This bronze discovered in Thailand and related works recovered in Java and Borneo form a coherent class of object and are unlikely to have been locally cast, suggesting a widespread diffusion of the late Amaravati style of southern India.
Stele with Eight Great Events from the Life of the Buddha, 10th century. India, Bihar, possibly from Nalanda. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. (2009.541) | Relief sculptures showing the great pilgrim sites take on increasing importance across north India. The most significant scene is the central Buddha touching the earth at the moment of his enlightenment under the Bodhi tree at Bodhgaya. Surrounding him are seven other scenes of his life.
Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara Amoghapasha, late 8th–early 9th century. Western Indonesia. Lent by a private collection. | In this eight-armed form, Avalokiteshvara is known as Amoghapasha, “he whose noose is unfailing,” after the noose (pasha) he uses to remove impediments to enlightenment. #LostKingdoms