Head of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara

Indonesia, Central Java
9th century
Volcanic stone
H. 21 1/4 in. (54.0 cm); 1979.86

Artist Comments

Malavika Sarukkai
A deeply calm inward gaze, gentleness carved from volcanic stone, a stilling of time in a moment of silence. The scarred and pitted surface reflects the ravages of time-yet the image endures. I am moved by this superb example of Buddhist art, an eloquent statement of overcoming the transitory. In the presence of such a gravely tender gaze one feels the flow of compassion.