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A RARE BRONZE FIGURE OF AVALOKITESHVARA LIAO DYNASTY
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 32,500 USD
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197
A RARE BRONZE FIGURE OF AVALOKITESHVARA LIAO DYNASTY
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 32,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A RARE BRONZE FIGURE OF AVALOKITESHVARA LIAO DYNASTY
cast seated in lalitasana on a raised lotus pedestal, the right arm lowered and the left hand held in dhyanamudra supporting a circular disc, wearing long robes opening at the chest revealing a beaded necklace, the face with a benevolent expression, the hair gathered into a high elaborate chignon with long tresses falling across the shoulders
Height 4 1/8  in., 10.5 cm
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Catalogue Note

The present figure of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara belongs to a small group of finely modeled Buddhist gilt-bronze sculptures which are related to the famous large clay bodhisattvas of the Liao dynasty at the Lower Huayan Temple at Datong in Shanxi province dated to AD 1038. Sensitively cast to convey a dignified and serene quality, the figure is characteristic of Liao Buddhist statuary; in its seated position in a lotus flower and elegant robe.

For another Liao dynasty bodhisattva, see the example in the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, illustrated in Marilyn Greidig Gridley, Chinese Buddhist Sculpture Under the Liao, New Delhi, 1993, pl. 102, fig. 144; and another in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, included in the exhibition Recently Acquired Gilt-Bronze Buddhist Images, Taipei, 1996, cat. no. 14. Compare also a smaller Liao bronze figure of Amithaba Buddha, sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 27th May 2014, lot 752.

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