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Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara Highlighted in New York Exhibitionrn

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rnJohn Guy, a curator at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, says this imposing sandstone sculpture of the bodhisattva Avaloketeshvara is “arguably the most beautiful image of the Buddhist embodiment of compassion from all of Southeast Asia.” Bodhisattvas, in Mahayana Buddhism, are spiritually realized individuals who postpone achieving the complete enlightenment of Buddhahood to help liberate others from suffering.rnAvaloketeshvara was widely revered. The sculpture, dating from the late 7th to early 8th century, is stylistically akin to work from the pre-Angkorian center of Phnom Da in southern Cambodia. He stands gracefully on lotus flowers, wearing a headdress that incorporates the Amitāba Buddha. The statue is 188 centimeters high.rnThe image was found in a Mekong Delta canal in Vietnam in 1919. Delta waterways facilitated exchange of artistic practices and transport of images such as this, displayed in the Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, 5th to 8th Century exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through July 27.rnrnrnRead more: http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov/st/english/inbrief/2014/05/20140505298797.html?CP.rss=true#ixzz3197Uh0rc

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