Chinese Bronze Buddha
with Wisdom Pearl
Circa: early 20th century
7.5 in.(19cm), W 4.5 in.(11.5cm), D 3.75 in.(9.5cm)
finely cast and gilded statue depicting Ti Tsang (Ksitigarbha) seated on a two-tier
abode, with one leg crossed in a lalitasana royal ease position, he is holding
a khatvanga staff in his right hand, and in his left hand the wisdom pearl Cintamani.
In Sanskrit, Ksitigarbha is literally translated into “Earth Matrix”. As the Bodhisattva
of hell bounded beings, he is believed to be the guardian of children, travelers
and lost souls. Thus this gilt bronze statue of Ti Tsang depicts the bodhisattva
as a young monk in a youthful serene countenance, with eyes down cast in a luminous
stillness, he is fixated inward in a timeless meditation. Please note that that
there is small dent on the left knee of the figure, and some abrasion on the gilt
surface of the statue; otherwise it is in very good condition.