A copper alloy figure of Avalokiteshvara Western Tibet, 11th century
Lot 6
A copper alloy figure of Avalokiteshvara
Western Tibet, 11th century
US$ 50,000 - 70,000
£37,000 - 52,000

Lot Details
A copper alloy figure of Avalokiteshvara Western Tibet, 11th century
A copper alloy figure of Avalokiteshvara
Western Tibet, 11th century
Framed by curling sashes, he stands in a hieratic pose, wearing an antelope skin tied across his chest and short dhoti cascading between his legs, his crown bearing seated Amitabha.
9 1/2 in. (24.2 cm) high

Footnotes

  • 西藏西部 十一世紀 觀音菩薩銅像

    The cult of Avalokitesvara was paramount in the Western Tibetan regions of Guge, Tsaparang, and Toling. Emerging from highly-refined classic models of 10th-/11th-century Kashmir, the sculpture of 11th/12th Western Tibet evolved into more attenuated figures with simpler designs on their garments. This is witnessed on another example held in the Brooklyn Museum of Art (acc. #78.256.4). Also compare related examples in: the Norton Simon Museum of Art (Pal, Art from the Indian Subcontinent, 2003, Vol. 2, no. 89); Zangchuan fojiao zaoxiang-Gugong bowuyuan cang wenwu zhenpin quanji, Hong Kong, 2008, no. 98; Christie's, New York, 31 March 2005, lot 17; and 16 September 2009, lot 764.

    Referenced
    HAR - himalayanart.org/items/61422

    Provenance
    Private German Collection, 1968-1972
    Nagel Auktionen, Stuttgart, 2001
    Estate of Ralph Benkaim
    Bonhams, New York, 19 March 2012, lot 1092
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