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Gilt-Bronze Figure of Seated Avalokitesvara - CB.2888
Origin: Tibet
Circa: 15 th Century AD to 17 th Century AD
Dimensions: 9" (22.9cm) high
Collection: Asian Art
Style: Buddhist Art

Additional Information: Hong Kong

Location: UAE
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This is a gilt-bronze sculpture of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara in conventional jewelled bodhisattva outlook. He wears a crown with five cosmic Buddhas, attesting to his association with the five heavenly realms. He sits in a relaxed posture, leaning slightly to his left and stepping his right foot on a lotus pedestal, while serenely and elegantly holding a lotus flower in his left hand. Together with his merciful and peaceful smile, the sculpture assumes a slender and gentle presence. The sculpture has extensive decorations. His keyura is exquisitely carved, every bead and jewel is nicely executed. Lotus flowers grow and blossom by his side, while his earrings are also lotus shaped. Judging from the adornments and his slightly square face, it is possible that this sculpture might be casted in an earlier period. The colour tone of the patina suggests likewise, since the alloy used for gilding is visibly different. A unique piece with exceptional craftsmanship, its details such as beads and lotus petals are finer than most of the figures out there. A thick layer of high quality bronze is used, rendering the figure a reassuring mass.

Avalokitesvara is arguably the most important deity among the Buddhist pantheon for Tibetans. Their creation myth tells a story in which Avalokitesvara pins down and subdues a female demon in the shape of Tibetan territory, allowing Tibetans to live peacefully and joyfully on this beautiful landscape. Thus, the worship of Avalokitesvara for his kindness and compassion has been incessant. This elegant rendition of Avalokitesvara captivates his audience with supreme wisdom and calming serenity, inviting them to reflect on their inner conscious and to seek refuge in art.

Danny Ching - (CB.2888)


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