Lokeshvara - Antique Indonesian Style Majapahit Standing Bronze Lokeshvara Statue - 37cm/15"
Measurements Height 37cm/15"
An antique Java style standing bronze Lokeshvara sculpture in the 13th century Majapahit style.
Lokeshvara, also known as Avalokiteshvara or Guanyin, is one of the most revered and beloved figures in Buddhist iconography. As a Bodhisattva, Lokeshvara embodies the essence of compassion, representing the aspiration to alleviate suffering and attain enlightenment not only for oneself but also for all sentient beings.
Lokeshvara serves as a profound embodiment of the Bodhisattva ideal, which prioritizes compassion and altruism over personal liberation. His primary role is to hear and respond to the cries of suffering beings, using his wisdom and skillful means to alleviate their afflictions.
Lokeshvara is stood samabhanga on a round lotus petal pedestal which is itself stood on a decorated pedestal. The lotus flower represents purity, compassion and the giving of great joy to all.
His face has a downcast gaze. 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. He has an aquiline nose and elongated earlobes with large ear rings.
A top Lokeshvara's head can be seen a seated meditating Amitabha Buddha.
His hands are held in a gesture of teaching. The thumb and finger making a circle.
Lokeshvara is backed by an aureole with a beaded border and flaming rim, topped by a decorative finial. This confirms his divinity. At the base of the aureole can be seen two Apsara in adoration pose.
Lokeshvara stands as a powerful symbol of compassion in Buddhism and beyond. As a Bodhisattva, he exemplifies the enduring aspiration to alleviate suffering and promote the well-being of all sentient beings.
Lokeshvara's evolution over time and his cultural adaptability underscore the timeless relevance of his message, serving as an enduring source of inspiration for individuals seeking to cultivate compassion and make the world a more compassionate place.
The sculpture has a wonderful azurite and malachite patina.
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Reincarnation in Buddhism is not a mere continuation of existence but an intricate interplay of karma, consciousness, and the quest for enlightenment.
The cycle of Samsara challenges individuals to confront their actions, cultivate virtue, and strive for liberation from the perpetual cycle of birth and death.