3514
3514
A GILT-LACQUERED ZITAN FIGURE OF AVALOKITESHVARA
TIBET, 12TH – 13TH CENTURY
Estimate
250,000350,000
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3514
A GILT-LACQUERED ZITAN FIGURE OF AVALOKITESHVARA
TIBET, 12TH – 13TH CENTURY
Estimate
250,000350,000
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A GILT-LACQUERED ZITAN FIGURE OF AVALOKITESHVARA
TIBET, 12TH – 13TH CENTURY
superbly carved in the form of Avalokiteshvara standing atop a circular double-lotus base, the expression of the bodhisattva rendered serene with a downcast gaze flanked by a pair of pendulous earlobes adorned with ornamental earrings, all below a a high crown partially concealing a high top-knot, the left elbow depicted gently bent with the hand held in vitarka mudra, the right hand lowered and held in varada mudra, further portrayed adorned in elaborate jewellery, including armbands, necklaces and anklets, and clad in a dhoti cascading in layers with a sash loosely falling around the thighs, the garment meticulously detailed in gilt-lacquer with floral and shou motifs, the base with traces of a visvajra
23.6 cm, 9 1/4  in.
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Catalogue Note

This finely carved figure of Avalokiteshvara is an early and well preserved copy of one of the most revered sculptures in Tibetan Buddhism, the Phagpa Lokesvara, traditionally believed to have been created in the 7th century, and located in the Phagpa Lhakhang of the Potala Palace, Lhasa.

It is most closely related to another larger zitan figure of Avalokiteshvara in the Potala Palace, with the same iconography and style of carving, and similarly decorated with gilt-lacquered floral motifs on the robe, illustrated in  Ulrich von Schroeder, Buddhist Sculptures in Tibet, Hong Kong, 2001, vol. II, pp. 824-5, pl. 196C.

Scholarly and Imperial Works of Art from a Distinguished Collection

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Hong Kong