Seated Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Infinite Compassion by Chosying Dorje (the Tenth Karmapa) (1604–1674)
Chöying Dorjé (1604-1674)
Yunnan Province, China, or Tibet; 17th century
Height: 6 3⁄4 in. (17.2 cm)
Purchase, Louis V. Bell Fund and Dodge Fund, 1972 (1972.123) © The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Art Resource, NY
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, U.S.A.
Literature: U. von Schroeder 2001, p. 803, fig. XII-21.
This image of the Bodhisattva of Infinite Compassion belongs to a small group of sculptures
and paintings that are believed to have been made by Chosying Dorje (1604–1674),
the Tenth Karmapa. It is made in the Kashmiri style, reflecting the circulation of
Buddhist imagery from Kashmir, in Tibet, as well as the influence of Kashmiri artists
known to have been recruited by Tibetan patrons, and, no doubt, of others who were itinerant.