Antique Khmer Style Seated Bronze Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara Statue - 53cm/21"
Measures (Height) 53cm/21"
An antique Khmer style Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara statue. Bodhisattva are beings who have gained enlightenment but postpone their ascension to nirvana to help others achieve the blessed state.
Avalokiteshvara is recognisable from the small figure of the meditating Buddha Amitabha in his headdress. The Bodhisattva has a peaceful countenance with downcast introspective eyes and a firm brow. He has a large ushnisha protuberance on top of his head that symbolizing his high level of spiritual development. The casting is beautiful as you can see in the fine details of the face.
In his left hands he is holding lotus buds which symbolise enlightenment and an escape from suffering because of the way in which lotus flowers grow up out of the mud of a pond.
In his right hands he holds a sutra. Possibly the Lotus Sutra as this describes the ability of Avalokiteshvara to undergo thirty-three distinct physical transformations in order to appear to devotees in the most expedient manner possible. These forms could range from a monk or nun to a layperson or even a young child, in addition to other human or nonhuman beings, and even other deities.
Each detail is rendered perfectly. The distinctive patina of the piece is also particularly delightful.
This traditional in appearance piece is sure to add serenity to your home, office or sacred space.
One of the most recognisable of the Asian deities this representation of the spiritual teacher Buddha is sure to enlighten your home with endlessly timeless style.
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