• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 2297

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    26 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1303

    A RARE AND UNUSUAL GILT-BRONZE TANTRIC FIGURE OF AVALOKITESVARA

    MING DYNASTY, 16TH-17TH CENTURY

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    A RARE AND UNUSUAL GILT-BRONZE TANTRIC FIGURE OF AVALOKITESVARA
    MING DYNASTY, 16TH-17TH CENTURY
    Shown seated in dhyanasana with the principal pair of hands in abhiseka mudra and eight further pairs of hands extended and holding various objects, including an axe, phurbu, elixir bottle, wheel of law and lotus flower, dressed in long flowing robes open at the chest to expose an elaborate necklace and waist-tied dhoti, the face cast with serene expression, the elongated earlobes set with jewelled earrings and the hair pulled up into a tall coiffure behind the five-point crown, each tier set with a figure of Sakyamuni Buddha
    12¼ in. (31.1 cm.) high


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    Compare a similar bronze figure of the eighteen-armed Avalokitesvara from the collection of Warren Cox, illustrated by H. Munsterberg, Chinese Buddhist Bronzes, Japan, 1967, no. 71, where the author notes that the figure exhibits tantric influence and its multiple arms reflect Indian iconography.

    Provenance

    Acquired in the 1960s-70s.


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