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    Sale 2024

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    16 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 542

    A gilt bronze figure of Avalokiteshvara

    TIBET, DATED NS 937 (1817 AD)

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    A gilt bronze figure of Avalokiteshvara
    Tibet, dated NS 937 (1817 AD)
    Standing regally over a double-lotus base with his hands lowered, clad in a long dhoti secured by a beaded pendant belt and a deer skin wrapped across his shoulders, further adorned with beaded jewelry and a tiara inset with hardstones, his face in serene expression with almond-shaped eyes and an urna centered on his brow, his long hair pulled into a high chignon ornamented with a seated Buddha, joined at his feet by separately-cast worshippers backed by lotus petal mandalas and seated over lotus bases, all backed by a foliate double mandorla with a stupa at top within a third foliate mandorla and a three-headed, eight-armed deity set within a niche
    20¼ in. (51.4 cm.) high

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    The inscription on the verso indicates this was one of a group of statues made by the Newari Tuladhara family to mark the Bhimaratha initiation of the parents, and also to honor their deceased ancestors.


    Sotheby's New York, 20-21 September 1985, lot 52

    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Manheim


    The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, December 1971