A COPPER AND SILVER INLAID COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF AVALOKITESHVARA PADMAPANI NORTHEASTERN INDIA, PALA PERIOD, 11TH/12TH CENTURY
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A COPPER AND SILVER INLAID COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF AVALOKITESHVARA PADMAPANI
NORTHEASTERN INDIA, PALA PERIOD, 11TH/12TH CENTURY
Sold for HK$ 1,062,500 (US$ 136,050) inc. premium

Lot Details
A COPPER AND SILVER INLAID COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF AVALOKITESHVARA PADMAPANI NORTHEASTERN INDIA, PALA PERIOD, 11TH/12TH CENTURY A COPPER AND SILVER INLAID COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF AVALOKITESHVARA PADMAPANI NORTHEASTERN INDIA, PALA PERIOD, 11TH/12TH CENTURY
A COPPER AND SILVER INLAID COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF AVALOKITESHVARA PADMAPANI
NORTHEASTERN INDIA, PALA PERIOD, 11TH/12TH CENTURY
Himalayan Art Resources item no.2439
7.4 cm (2 7/8 in.) high

Footnotes

  • This gem of a Pala sculpture depicts the iconography of the 'lotus-holding' Avalokiteshvara (lit. 'Padmapani') in a fresh and creative way, being one of few surviving examples to convey him plucking the petals of a lotus guided by his left hand. The presence of Amitayus tucked behind the crown, confirms his identity as the Lord of Compassion, while the unique representation is testament to the joie de vivre so beloved of Pala sculpture.

    Two small figures with identical body types and sashes are published in von Schroeder, Indo-Tibetan Bronzes, Hong Kong, 1981, p.289-90, nos.72E & 73A. Also compare the face and treatment of the necklace and textiles with an Ekadasamukha Avalokiteshvara in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, published in Pal, Indian Sculpture, vol. 2, Los Angeles, 1988, p.183, no.85.

    Provenance
    Private Collection of Ed O'Neill, Hong Kong, by 1990


    錯銀錯紅銅蓮華手觀音銅像
    印度東北部,帕拉時期,十一/十二世紀

    喜馬拉雅藝術資源網2439號
    高7.4釐米(2 7/8 英吋)

    250,000-350,000港元

    此尊精巧的造像以新穎的方式呈現觀音菩薩手持蓮花之形象(故稱「蓮華手」),觀音左手持蓮,右手採蓮,此種姿態在現存造像中極為少見。寶冠之後的無量壽佛証實其身份為大慈大悲的觀世音,而其獨特的肢體形象則體現了帕拉造像之生趣。

    比照兩尊有同樣體態和飾帶的小造像,出版於von Schroeder,印度與西藏的銅造像,香港,1981年,頁289-90,72E與73A號。另外,洛杉磯縣立美術館藏有一尊十一面觀音像,其面部、項鍊和服飾的處理均與此尊有相似之處,參見Pal,印度雕塑,卷二,洛杉磯,1988年,頁183,85號。

    來源
    Ed O'Neill先生私人珍藏,香港, 自1990年前

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