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A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF AVALOKITESHVARA
TANG DYNASTY
Estimate
20,00030,000
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63
A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF AVALOKITESHVARA
TANG DYNASTY
Estimate
20,00030,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Chinese Art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Florence and Herbert Irving Gift

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New York

A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF AVALOKITESHVARA
TANG DYNASTY
standing in tribhanga atop an integral faceted lotus pedestal, adorned with long flowing shawls, jewels, a dhoti, and an elaborate headdress, holding a willow branch in one hand and a holy water bottle in the other, the face serene and gaze downcast, stand (2)
Height 5 3/8  in., 13.7 cm
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Provenance

Ralph M. Chait Galleries, New York, 3rd November 1982.
Collection of Florence (1920-2018) and Herbert (1917-2016) Irving, no. 840.

Catalogue Note

Representations of Avalokitesvara during the Sui and Tang periods frequently depict the bodhisattva adorned in princely jewels, bearing in one hand a 'pure water vessel', believed to heal and bless worshippers, and a willow branch, also representative of healing, in the other. 

A very similar but slightly larger example in the collection of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, is illustrated in Chinese Art in Overseas Collections, Buddhist Sculpture II, Taipei, 1986, pl. 116, and one in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is also illustrated, pl. 117. Two related examples sold at Christie's New York, 14th September 2017, lots 827 and 830. A similar figure holding a bottle and prayer beads sold in these rooms, 17th September 2013, lot 61. 

Chinese Art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Florence and Herbert Irving Gift

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New York