From: Tibet

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Object Number A1440
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Tibetan | Buddhist
Provenience Tibet
Date Made 18th Century
Section Asian
Materials Bronze | Gilt
Technique Gilt
Iconography Avalokitesvara | Namaskara Mudra

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 53 cm
Credit Line Purchased from George Lagai, Kny-Sheerer & Company, 1913
Other Number Getz 139 - Other Number | 85-28-5 - Old Museum Number | 8 - Other Number

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