A MAGNIFICENT AND RARE LARGE GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF ELEVEN-HEADED AVALOKITESHVARA QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD
- bronze, llapis lazuli, glass, malachite
The eleven-headed form of the popular bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara has been revered in China from the late Ming dynasty through the Qing. The distinctive lotus base, consisting of bands of raised lotus flowers skilfully cast in repoussé, can be seen on three other Imperial Kangxi gilt-bronze figures of Amitayus, Vajradhara and Green Tara, all from the Qing court collection and preserved in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Buddhist Statues of Tibet, Hong Kong, 2008, pp. 239-241, pls. 228-230.