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South East Asian Avalokiteshvara Torso. 10-12th Century AD.
10th-12th century AD. A carved sandstone statue fragment of Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva embodying the compassion of all Buddhas, wearing a tight-fitting pleated sampot and draped belt; mounted on a custom-made stand. 13.4 kg total, 75cm with stand (29 1/2"). Property of a Cambridgeshire private collector; formerly from a London private collection formed 1980s. Avalokiteshvara, (Sanskrit: avalokita, “looking on”; ishivara, “lord”) Chinese (Pinyin) Guanyin or (Wade-Giles romanization) Kuan-yin, Japanese Kannon, in Buddhism, and primarily in Mahayana (“Greater Vehicle”) Buddhism, the bodhisattva (“buddha-to-be”) of infinite compassion and mercy, possibly the most popular of all figures in Buddhist legend. Avalokiteshvara is beloved throughout the Buddhist world—not only in Mahayana Buddhism but also in Theravada (“Way of the Elders”), the branch of Buddhism that largely does not recognize bodhisattvas, and in Vajrayana (“Diamond Vehicle”), the Tantric (or Esoteric) branch of Buddhism. Avalokiteshvara supremely exemplifies the bodhisattva’s resolve to postpone his own buddhahood until he has helped every sentient being on earth achieve liberation (moksha; literally, “release”) from suffering (dukkha) and the process of death and rebirth (samsara). His name has been variously interpreted as “the lord who looks in every direction” and “the lord of what we see” (that is, the actual created world). In Tibet he is known as Spyan-ras gzigs (“With a Pitying Look”) and in Mongolia as Nidü-ber üjegci (“He Who Looks with the Eyes”). The title invariably used for him in Cambodia and Thailand is Lokeshvara (“Lord of the World”). In China, where he is often worshipped in female form, he is Guanyin (“Hears Cries”). In Sri Lanka he is known as Natha-deva (often mistakenly confused with Maitreya, the buddha yet to come).
Greystones Fine Interiors has clarified that the South East Asian Avalokiteshvara Torso. 10-12th Century AD. (LA331297) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being 12 Century AD
Fine condition, commensurate with age
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This South East Asian Avalokiteshvara Torso. 10-12th Century AD. is located in Peterborough, United Kingdom