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Object Number:
A1440
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Tibetan
Tibetan Buddhist
Provenience:
Tibet
Date Made:
18th Century
Early Date:
1700
Late Date:
1799
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Bronze
Gilt
Technique:
Gilt
Iconography:
Avalokitesvara
Description:
Brass standing figure of a thousand-armed Avalokitesvara with eleven heads on a large, round double lotus base. Avalokitesvara, the bodhisattva of compassion, is also the patron saint of Tibet. The Dalai Lama is believed to be not only a reincarnation of his predecessor, but Avalokitesvara as well. The hands of this figure are held in the namaskara mudra which symbolizes prayer. To give them life and power, prayers and charms are placed and sealed within Tibetan sculpture before their consecration. The arms form a sort of halo and are removable.
Height:
53cm
Credit Line:
Purchased from George Lagai, Kny-Sheerer & Company
Other Number:
85-28-5   -   Old Museum Number
GETZ 139   -   Other Number
8   -   Other Number

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition (12 Dec 1985 - 21 Oct 2012)
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Bibliography:

[Book] Quick, Jennifer. 2004. Magnificent Objects from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 79, No. 69
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[Book] Getz, John. 1916. Exhibition of Oriental Art. : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 225, No. 139
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