Antique Indonesian Style Javanese Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva Statue - 38cm/15"
Measures (Height) 38cm/15"
An Indonesian Javanese style Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva. The Bodhisattva of Infinite Compassion.
Avalokiteshvara is the earthly manifestation of the self-born eternal Buddha Amitabha. He guards the world in the interval between the departure of the historical Buddha, Gautama, and the appearance of the future buddha, Maitreya. Bodhisattva are beings who have gained enlightenment but postpone their ascension to nirvana to help others achieve the blessed state.
This fabulous sculpture depicts Lord Avalokiteshvara seated on a double lotus blossom pedestal, which is itself set upon a decorated pedestal. This represents purity, compassion and the giving of great joy to all.
Avalokiteshvara has a lovely malachite patina. His eyes are downcast, his compassionate face bestowing peace, blessings and inner serenity on his devotees.
Upon his head he wears a decorative Javanese style tiara in front of his Kirita-Makuta or tall conical crown. This symbolises control over Positive and Negative attitudes. In his elaborate crown is an image of the Buddha Amitabha.
In his hands he holds a bell and the stem of lotus flower, the flower of which protrudes above his left shoulder.
Also on his left shoulder can be seen a second Buddha Amitabha, the hands held in a gesture of Meditation.
On the pedestal below Avalokiteshvara can be seen a third, enthroned Buddha in adoration pose.
A flame tipped aureole with parasol, decorated with the Sanskrit syllable Ohm or Om can be seen behind the Shiva, symbolizing his divinity.
Provenance: Ex- private London collection. All items are guaranteed to be as described. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all purchases upon request.
New York Metropolitan Museum Collection - Accession Number: 2004.259
SATISFACTION GUARANTEE - We have been offering SE Asian Art for many years and are proud of the reputation we have developed for fair and honest listings. However, if for any reason, whatsoever, you are unhappy with your purchase please just let us know and we will provide a full refund. We want you to be 100% happy with your purchase.
The majority of orders will be shipped with DHL. This is a secure, express and fully tracked service.
Items less than 2Kg we typically ship using Royal Mail.
Once we receive your order we try to ship all orders the same or next working day.
Large and/or fragile pieces requiring palletising, specialist crating and/or extra packaging may take a little longer. Palletised shipments will be delivered curbside.
All orders over 35 GBP will be shipped free of charge.
We genuinely hope that all purchases delight.
However, if they do not, regardless of reason, we will refund all orders upon receipt of the unwanted item. Just notify us within 14 days of receiving your order that you wish to make a return and send the piece back to us with 30 days of delivery.
The embracing of Buddhist teachings is what makes it such good luck to bring a statue into your home. Whilst it’s definitely worth doing your research to know exactly what it is that your statue can do for you (not least so that you can make the most out of its presence), there is no such thing as bad luck from buying a Buddha statue for yourself, so long as you keep it clean and treat it with its due respect.