A RARE GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF AVALOKITESHVARA LIAO DYNASTY |
300,000 - 500,000 HKD
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- 19 cm, 7 1/2 in.
superbly cast in the form of Avalokiteshvara seated on a lotus pedestal atop a stepped lobed base, the right hand held in vitarka mudra and the left in avakasha mudra, the bodhisattva rendered clad in loose robes falling in voluminous folds, the expression rendered serene and flanked by a pair of pendulous earlobes, all below an elaborate headdress enclosing a high chignon with tresses falling on the shoulders
A smaller figure of Avalokiteshvara in the Museum of East Asian Art, Bath, also dated to the Liao dynasty, is modelled with similar gesture and only differs from the present one in minor details of the ornaments and garments (accession no. BATEA: 277). For two related Liao dynasty gilt-bronze figures of Avalokiteshvara seated on a lotus pedestal, see one in the Palace Museum, Beijing, published in Classics of the Forbidden City: Guanyin in the Collection of The Palace Museum, Beijing, 2012, pl. 26; and another in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, published in Hai-Wai Yi-Chen: Chinese Art in Overseas Collections, Buddhist Sculpture I, Taipei, 1998, pl. 146. Compare also another Liao dynasty gilt-bronze figure of Buddha Vairocana in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, illustrated in Denise Patry Leidy and Donna Strahan, Wisdom Embodied: Chinese Buddhist and Daoist Sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New Haven, 2010, cat. no. 26.