Skip Navigation or Skip to Content

Keyword search

Advanced search

Image © National Museums Scotland

View full screen

Sculpture / figure / Avalokitesvara


Figure of Avalokitesvara in black stone seated on a lotus throne, richly adorned and robed and wearing a crown, in the attitude of kingly ease: South Asia, India, Bengal, Pala period, 10th to 11th century

Museum reference



World Culture

Object name

Sculpture / figure / Avalokitesvara

Production information

Bihar, India, South Asia


10th - 11th century

Style / Culture




Physical description

Stone, black


Depicted: Avalokitesvara
Previous owner: Royal Society of Edinburgh
Previous owner: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
Original donor: Simpson, Francis, Colonel, 1800 - 1831 (fl.)
Cadell, William Archibald, 1775 - 1855


  • Window on the World (29 Jul 2011)
    National Museum of Scotland


Cadell, W.A. (Read March 6. 1820). 'Description of some Indian Idols in the Museum of the Society' in Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Vol. 9, pp.381-392, illust. in Pl. XXIV, fig. 3 'Suria, The Sun' Drawn & Engd. by W. H. Lizars

Waterson, Charles D. 1997. Collections in Context: The Museum of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Inception of a National Museum for Scotland. NMS Publications. Illust. p.51, Fig 9

On display

national museum of scotland »
level 1 »
window on the world

Back to top