condition: excellent delivery available make/manufacturer: Asian model name/number: Bronze Bodhisattva Antique
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One of the most incredible pieces of antique art in our collection (which we are dispersing due to our retirement to smaller living quarters is this fabulous icon) is this goddess of compassion and enlightenment. It is believed in the Buddhist religion that the personage of the Bodhisattva achieved enlightenment that meant she could pass on to nirvana but she chose to stay on earth because of her deep compassion for others and desire to assist others in their path to achieve enlightenment.
The carving of this splendid icon is a masterpiece. Although we cannot assess her age, we do know that not only is she extremely old but her workmanship, the artistry of the sculpture that she epitomizes is one of the finest we have ever seen -- whether in museums, collections, books, or scholar’s literature. Our photographer chose to leave the dust particles that shifted from the winds through our solarium where she has resided for a very long time. Compassionate as she is, she seems to have borne her flurry of dust particles well, judged by the beautiful serenity of her countenance.
We present to you a very rare offering of this loveliness that we must part with and hope to pass on the wise stewardship of her to whomever assumes her guardianship. The relaxed position she displays is absolute regardless of her fine garments and exquisitely jeweled breast. At the front of her wonderful crown rests the Buddha beneath a lovely veil. She wears the jewel in her forehead to denote the place in which Buddhism originated — India.
The magnitude of her calm beauty is a reminder that we should clear our mind of clutter and accept a more spiritual view of life by yielding to all forms of prideful control much as Christ did when he offered us eternal peace. If there are any philanthropists out there who would consider obtaining this glorious little lady for donation to a museum, we would be pleased to have her travel there yet we would welcome a steward who loves her as much as we have and would treasure her for many years. She is truly the loveliest icon of compassion we have seen.
Approximately 8-1/4” wide by 12” tall by 6-1/8” deep
21 cm wide by 30 cm tall by 15.5 cm deep.
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