An exquisite thousand-armed Avalokiteśvara statue from Nepal. Crafted of copper with a gilding of gold powder with a fine vintage patina. In the style of the piece that is in the Birmingham Museum of Art. A true collectors piece.
In Sanskrit, Avalokiteśvara is also referred to as Padmapāni (“Holder of the Lotus”)”who perceives the world’s lamentations – lord who gazes down at the world.
One prominent Buddhist story tells of Avalokiteśvara vowing never to rest until he had freed all sentient beings from saṃsāra. Despite strenuous effort, he realizes that still many unhappy beings were yet to be saved. After struggling to comprehend the needs of so many, his head splits into eleven pieces. Amitābha, the buddha of comprehensive love, seeing his plight gives him eleven heads with which to hear the cries of the suffering. Upon hearing these cries and comprehending them, Avalokiteśvara attempts to reach out to all those who needed aid, but found that his two arms shattered into pieces. Once more, Amitābha comes to his aid and invests him with a thousand arms with which to aid the suffering multitudes.[ Wikipedia ]
Deity: 2-1/4″ (D) x 8-3/4″ (W) x 14-3/4″ (H)
Base: 9-1/4″ (W) x 5-1/2″ (D)
Total: 14-3/8″ (W) x 5-1/2″ (D) x 19-1/2″ (H)
vintage – age unknown
Good condition, wear consistent with age
100% copper with gilding of gold powder
Price on request