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    Sale 2248

    Masterpieces of Himalayan Bronzes

    15 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 16

    A hardstone inlaid gilt bronze figure of Avalokiteshvara

    TIBET, 15TH/16TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A hardstone inlaid gilt bronze figure of Avalokiteshvara
    Tibet, 15th/16th century
    The eleven-headed eight-armed deity standing atop a circular double-lotus base with incised borders, his primary hands folded in front of his chest and his secondary arms radiating around him holding a lotus, a bell and a bow and arrows, clad in a long, flaring dhoti with incised foliate patterns secured with a pendant belt inset with hardstones, an antelope skin draped across his left shoulder, further adorned with necklaces and other jewelry inset with hardstones, the faces finely detailed with remains of polychromy in the eyes and mouth and surmounted by elaborate crowns inset with hardstones, the tenth head in a fierce expression, his mouth snarling and his full beard and brows with the remains of red polychromy, the highest head that of Buddha Amitabha, with the remains of polychromy in his mouth and almond-shaped eyes, backed by a flaming mandorla formed with the high chignon of the head below, richly gilt overall with remains of cold gold on each face, the base sealed with a copper plate incised with a double-vajra
    17½ in. (44.5 cm.) high


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