Circa: Ming Dynasty, 17th-18th Century
H 22 in. (56cm), W 14 in. (36cm), D 9 in. (23cm)
Condition: minor abrasions, o.a. very good!
A finely wrought large Ming-bronze. Exquisitely cast with hand traced floral motifs, brilliant gold gild with copper-annoy bronze patina, representing Avalokiteshvara in prince attire, seated in Padmasana Asana, above a double-lotus throne with 26 petals in two rows. The Bodhisattva of Compassion is depicted with a five-pointed crown, adorned with jeweled earrings, strings of necklaces, bracelets, anklets, floating celestial scarves, and two delicate new bloom lotus flowers by his shoulders. Two forearms are placed in front of his chest, hands displaying the Dharmachakra Mudra 法輪 in a complex arrangement of delicately articulated fingers, which denoting the First Sermon of the Historic Buddha in the forest Sarnath, where the Buddhist Law was first revealed to all sentience. Avalokiteshvara is considered the patron bodhisattva of Tibet. The Dalai Lamas and Karmapas are emanations of Avalokiteshvara. The artistry of the work is exceptional, with great care taken in every detail. It conveys a contemplative countenance that rendered the profound enlightened inner state. The Bodhisattva of Compassion is brilliantly evoked in this spectacular Ming bronze, leaving no doubt that this is a work of unsurpassed skill and integrity.