A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF AVALOKITESHVARA TANG DYNASTY | 唐 鎏金銅菩薩像
A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF AVALOKITESHVARA
finely cast standing in tribhanga and portrayed with the left elbow bent and holding a long willow stem in his left hand and a vase of amrita in the right, adorned with a headdress containing an image of Amitabha and elaborate jewllery, stand
11.5 cm, 4 ½ in.
In good overall condition with minor bruises to the edges.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Christian Deydier Oriental Bronzes Ltd, London, 26th June 1995.
Christian Deydier Oriental Bronzes Ltd，倫敦，1995年6月26日
Ancient Chinese Bronze Vessels, Gilt Bronzes and Early Ceramics, Christian Deydier Oriental Bronzes Ltd, London, 1986, cat. no. 14.
《Ancient Chinese Bronze Vessels, Gilt Bronzes and Early Ceramics》，Christian Deydier Oriental Bronzes Ltd，倫敦，1986年，編號14
This beautifully rendered image of the most beloved deity in Buddhism displays classic characteristics of the Tang period. Representations of Avalokiteshvara during the Sui and Tang periods frequently depict the bodhisattva adorned in princely jewels and a crown, bearing a vase of amrita, believed to heal or bestow immortality upon worshippers, in one hand; and a willow branch, also representative of healing, in the other. The willow branch iconography can be traced to the complex sinicisation of Avalokiteshvara in relation to the developments in Chinese worship of the deity, as the attribute is not seen in Indian and Tibetan depictions of the bodhisattva.
A closely related smaller Tang gilt-bronze figure of Avalokiteshvara formerly in the collections of Sir Percival David and Stephen Junkunc was sold in our New York rooms, 12th September 2018, lot 1.