G680.3] BRONZE AVALOKITESVARA


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G680.3] BRONZE AVALOKITESVARA
INDONESIA, PROBABLY SUMATRA
SRIVIJAYA KINGDOM
7TH – 9TH CENTURY
H. 18 CMS, 7 INS.
An unusual bronze figure of Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva of wisdom and compassion, with a deep brown patina, seated on a double lotus pedestal, the right hand lowered in varada (wish-granting)-mudra and the left holding a lotus stem, the face smiling and serene beneath a diadem and tall chignon adorned with a seated figure of Buddha Amitabha, with a flame nimbus behind.Reference: For a related figure of the female Buddhist protectress Mahapratisara from Sumatra in the Asia Society, New York, please see cat. no. 159 in John Guy (ed.), Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2014.

Provenance: Private English collection.