Antique Java Style Majapahit Seated Bronze Vishnu Statue - Protector & Preserver - 11cm/4"
Measurements Height 11cm/4"
An antique Java Style standing bronze Vishnu sculpture in the 13th century Majapahit style.
Vishnu is both world protector and preserver, restorer of moral order - he is all-powerful and all-pervasive by nature. The Vishnu is seated on a round lotus petal pedestal which it itself set upon a square pedestal.
The lowered right hand makes the boon bestowing gesture (varada mudra). His left hand holds a lotus flower. This represents purity, compassion and the giving of great joy to all. He wears a richly bejewelled dohti and upavita.
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.
On his forehead he has a third eye or urna. He has an aquiline nose and elongated earlobes with large ear rings. The sculpture has a wonderful brown patina.
New York Metropolitan Museum Collection - Accession Number: 1987.142.15
Christie's Auction House - Sale 2562 (December 2002) - INDIAN, HIMALAYAN AND SOUTHEAST ASIAN ART
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Bonhams - March 2018 - Fine Southeast Asian Arts
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Hevajra, with his wrathful appearance and intricate symbolism, serves as a profound guide on the path to spiritual realization within Vajrayana Buddhism.
His imagery is a potent reminder of the inseparable nature of wisdom and compassion, the transcendence of dualities, and the transformative power of spiritual practice.