Antique Indonesian Style Javanese Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva Statue - 39cm/16"
Measures (Height) 39cm/16"
An Indonesian Javanese style 10-arm 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 stood samabhanga on a lotus blossom pedestal, which is itself set upon a decorated pedestal. The lotus flower represents purity, compassion and the giving of great joy to all.
His 10 hands are held in a gesture of teaching.
Avalokiteshvara has a lovely brown and green 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.
Behind Avalokiteshvara can be seen a decorated aureole. 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
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