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Four-Armed Avalokiteshvara
Antique Gilt Gold Silver Bronze Buddha


Shadakshari Lokeshvara

Origin: Tibet. Circa: 19th Century and earlier
H 12.5 in.(32cm), W 7.25 in.(18.5cm), D 5 in.(13cm)
Condition: Excellent

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Shadakshari Lokeshvara is one of the many forms of Avolokiteshvara, the supremely compassionate helper who is ready to touch all in need. This untiring devotion to the salvation of others emphasizes the profound compassion of the bodhisattva.

This 19th century Tibetan antique gilt gold silver bronze Buddha is a traditional depiction of the deity. The four arms represent the four immeasurables: immeasurable loving kindness, immeasurable compassion, immeasurable joy and immeasurable equanimity. One hand holds a lotus , the other a mala. The two hands in the front are brought together over the heart.

There is a deep symmetry in this depiction of Avolokiteshvara reflected in the equipoise of the deity’s concentrated gaze and in the proportions of the body and arms as well as the uprightness of the posture in full lotus. The diadem denotes a majesty reflective of the deity’s supreme vow to bring all Beings into enlightenment. The intricate filigree and detail of the deity’s ornamentation is a subtle counterpoint to the strength. The well-worn patina on this statue indicates the passage of time and alludes t o a sense of deep usage. This is a luminous depiction of the boddhisattva Avolokiteshvara that is endowed with a sense of history and the deep legacy of Tibet.


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