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Tibetan Bronze Figure of Boddhisattva Avalokiteshvara

Tibetan Bronze Figure of Boddhisattva Avalokiteshvara

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15th to 17th century, Himalaya or Western Tibet.

Important and rare bronze figure of Chenrézig. In Tibetan, Avalokiteśvara is Chenrézig, and is said to emanate as the Dalai Lama, the Karmapa and other high lamas. An etymology of the Tibetan name Chenrézig is "eye" (spyan), "continuity" (ras) and "to look" (gzig). This gives the meaning of one who always looks upon all beings. Avalokiteśvara (in East Asia, he is commonly known as Guan Yin, Guanyin, Kwan-yin or Guanshìyin) is the most revered of all Bodhisattva, embodying the compassion of all Buddhas. He listens to the prayers of all sentient beings in times of challenge and difficulty. He is the principle patron deity of Tibet. In one prominent Buddhist story, Chenrézig vows never to rest until he has helped free all sentient beings from samsara, but despite his best efforts, his task is overwhelming. So in his effort to reach out to so many cries of suffering, his arms are shattered into pieces, making them many, to better reach out to those in need.

Finely cast bronze figure of Avalokiteśvara/Chenrézig is seated in the pose of royal ease (maharajalilasana, rajalilasana) on a elaborately detailed raised lotus throne. The right hand is held in vitarkamudra and the left hand resting elegantly in the knee in dhyanamudrā. The vitarka (teaching or discussion) mudra is used with Buddhist iconography to symbolize the transmission of the dharma, or the truth teachings of the Buddha. In this mudrā, the thumb and index fingers touch, creating a circle that symbolizes an uninterrupted flow of wisdom (Sanskrit. dharmachakra "wheel of dharma"). The face rendered with benevolent expression accentuated with downcast eyes and a gently smile, framed by a pendulous earlobes, the hair swept back in a topknot, a elaborate diadem with long sashes falling on the shoulders, revealing a bare chest festooned with a plain sash and jewelled chains radiating from strands of pearls forming the central collar, the long dhoti, secured about the waist, falling over his legs in undulous folds, with a billowing celestial scarf over the arms. Excellent condition. Age-related wear, abrasion and minor corrosion. Tarnished. Size approx. 23,5 cm x 10,6cm x 10,5cm. 


Swedish private collection 2017-2022

The Collection of Poul Nortung (1905-1973). The Manufacturer Poul Nortungs passion for Chinese and Japanese Works of Art started at an early age, influenced by his father, master bookbinder Frederik Nortung, who collected Oriental Ceramics, Literature and Works of Art. He himself started to expand the family collection during the years 1935-1950. Poul Nortung owned a Danish metal company known as LUXOR. The antiques in his collection were often acquired in London, Paris and Germany, or through his friend, the antique dealer Canova Skånstrom.


Bukowskis, Important Spring Sale 601, Stockholm, no. 504, June 8, 2017. (

Bukowskis, December + Asian sale 597, Stockholm, no. 305, December 14, 2016. (

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