Bodhisattva Padmapani


Anonymous - Bodhisattva Padmapani
For lack of any attributes, this standing Bodhisattva is difficult to identify; the lotus stalks that coil around his arms and up to his shoulders may indicate that the figure represents Padmapani, the “Holder of the Lotus”. This superbly modelled figure has its right hand raised in a gesture of argumentation and holds a lotus stalk in his left. The Bodhisattva is dressed in a draped robe and wears a sash around his shoulders, gracefully undulating around his forearms, as though it were lifted by a gentle breeze. His delicate, refined face, a concentrated look in his half-closed eyes and a hint of a smile are accentuated with a diadem, covering the figure’s combed-up hair. In terms of style, the sculpture resembles Chinese art from the 15th–16th centuries.
measurements: height 117 cm
depth 33 cm
material: wood – stucco – gold – lacquer
technique: carved, painted
inventory number: Vp 2862
gallery collection: Collection of Asian and African Art