A fine gilt-bronze figure of an eleven-headed Avalokitesvara 18th/19th century
Lot 331*
A fine gilt-bronze figure of an eleven-headed Avalokitesvara
18th/19th century
Sold for £18,750 (US$ 32,023) inc. premium
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Lot Details
A fine gilt-bronze figure of an eleven-headed Avalokitesvara
18th/19th century
The eight-armed standing figure sensitively cast and superbly modelled with three rows of three Bodhisattva heads surmounted by a fierce dharmapala head below a head of Amitabha, the principal heads clasped together in anjali mudra, the gesture of salutation, the remaining hands holding various attributes including a wheel, a lotus flower and a water bottle, dressed in elaborate attire regally embellished with jewellery inlaid with turquoise and hardstones, wood stand.
33.5cm (13 1/8in) high (2).

Footnotes

  • 十八/十九世紀 銅鎏金十一面觀音立像

    For more information relating to Avalokitesvara, please see footnote to lot 338.

    Compare a similar gilt-bronze figure of an eleven-headed Avalokitesvara in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Classics of the Forbidden City: Guanyin in the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing, 2012, pl.104.

    此尊十一面八臂,頭部排列規整,由下而上分五層,第一層至第三層各有三面,第一層慈相,見眾生而生慈相,面相平靜;第二層為悲相,悲憫眾生;第三層是喜相,勸進佛法之相,也有作憤怒的威力相;第四層一面,為憤怒明王相;最上是無量光佛,代表佛果;正二手合十,餘手分別持法輪、蓮花、淨瓶。身搭帔帛和長裙,緊貼身體,盡顯女性優美體態,裙邊飾花卉紋,佩戴嵌綠松石連珠紋裝飾。整體工藝精湛,屬上乘之作。

    相關例子可見於北京故宮博物院,見2012年北京出版故宮博物院編《故宮經典:故宮觀音圖典》,圖版104。

    有關觀音菩薩的資料,可參考拍品編號338的註腳。
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