Gilded Silver Bronze Jeweled
Standing in Tribhanga
Origin: Tibet. Circa: 19th Century and earlier
H 10.6in.(27cm), W 4.7in.(12cm), D 4.7in.(12cm)
Condition: minor abrasion, wood stand, o.a. excellent
is a highly unusual depiction of Avolokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion
who is also known as Chenrenzig in Tibet. Rendered in gilded silver bronze the
figure is poised in a dynamic tribhanga that appears to be on the edge of movement.
The bodhisattva’s unusual diadem is set with a ring of inlaid coral and turquoise.
The long and graceful ears frame the noble features of the face. Here there is
peace and quietude a vibrate stillness that teaches by presence. The right hand
is poised in the mudra of peace. An ornate silver mantel graces the boddhisattva’s
bare chest. Delicately wrought armbands, bracelets and anklets also rendered in
silver, compliment. The cloth of the dhoti falls around the figure’s body in sumptuous
folds. The wood- base is well oiled with time and the smoke of incense and we
might imagine the continual offerings of yak butter votives. This rare antique
Buddha is an exceptional find.
to Private Collection