Copper alloy Srivijaya Buddha (Thailand, Malaya, Indonesia?), Circa 9th century
Lot 20
A copper alloy figure of Avalokitesvara Ancient kingdom of Srivijaya (Thailand, Malaya, Indonesia), 8th/9th century
Sold for US$ 30,000 inc. premium

Lot Details
A copper alloy figure of Avalokitesvara
Ancient kingdom of Srivijaya (Thailand, Malaya, Indonesia), 8th/9th century
Standing in a flexed posed on a bulbous lotus base, wearing a long sampot with chevron pleats and secured by a belt tied in a loose knot, his bare torso is adorned by a mediation cord and a antelope skin on the right shoulder, with arms bent at the elbows and hands slightly raised holding a mala and a flower stem supporting a kandika, his face with well defined features and tall chignon with an image of Amitabha.
9 in. (22.9 cm) high

Footnotes

  • Compare with a figure of Avalokitesvara in the Benningson Collection (see Nanda Chutiwongs, Buddha of the Future, New York, 1994, no. 36. Also compare with a figure of Lokesvara in the Museum of Vat Po Veal, Battambang hold a similar mala and the same base (see Madeliene Giteau, Khmer Sculpture and The Angkor Civilisation, London, 1965, pl. XIII. Another example that shows the figure holding a stem with flower head intact and a water bottle below the hand is in Jean Boisselier The Heritage of Thai Sculpture, New York, 1975, no. 149.

    Provenance:
    Estate of Natasha Eilenberg
    Samuel and Natasha Eilenberg Collection, before 1969
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