G673.2 BRONZE AVALOKITESVARA
INDONESIA, PROBABLY SUMATRA
7TH – 9TH CENTURY
H. 22.5 CMS, 9 INS.
A large and important bronze figure of Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva of wisdom and compassion, with an attractive green patina, standing with his feet apart, the right hand lowered in varada (wish-granting) –mudra and the left holding a lotus, the face smiling and serene beneath a diadem and tall chignon adorned with a seated figure of Buddha Amitabha, mounted on a beautiful polished hardwood base.
This figure shows clear influences from early Indian sculpture. It may have originated in the great maritime kingdom of Srivijaya, believed to have been centred around Palembang, Sumatra. The Metropolitan Museum, New York city, has a similar Avalokitesvara, also attributed to Sumatra. Please see cat. no. 62 in J. Fontein, The Sculpture of Indonesia, Washington, National Gallery of Art, 1990. It can also be seen at the following link:
The National Museum, Jakarta has another example which, as with the bronze offered here, still holds a lotus. Please see p. 217, ibid.
Provenance: Private English collection.