Antique Indonesian Style Javanese Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva Statue - 35cm/14"
Measures (Height) 35cm/14"
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 leaf pedestal, which is itself set up a highly decorated pedestal. His right hand holds a bell. The left a lotus flower. This represents purity, compassion and the giving of great joy to all.
The sculpture is cast in two separate but interlocking parts. 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.
To his left and below him are four additional images of the Buddha Amitabha. Hands placed in the Dhyana or Meditation pose.
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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