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The Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara

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At A Glance

On View
  • Period

    11th century
  • Geography

    Western Tibet
  • Material

    Brass alloy with copper and tin inlay, colored wax, traces of gilding and pigment
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 82.3 x 32.1 x 21.6 cm (32 3/8 x 12 5/8 x 8 1/2 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    Attributed to Mati
  • Description

    The sculpture depicts a standing figure [standing in thrice-bent "tribhanga" posture, atop a small, flat, oval base. The right forearm of the figure is raised with the palm of the hand facing forward. The left arm is down at the figure's side and holds a stem that rises up to a large flower that sits above the left shoulder. An ornate headdress with flowing scarves, and a band of flowers that run down one side of the body and up the other side, adorn the figure.
    Only the front of the sculpture is decorated; the back is plain. Chasing, inlay, and gilding were used to decorate the figure, but just traces of the gilding remain. The eyes are inlaid with gray metal and a black material. The back of the head is covered with blue paint. The skirt of the figure is decorated with chasing and the recessed design on the skirt is filled with black and red colored materials. Most of the surface is bare metal and is a light golden brown color.
  • Provenance

    From 1960s
    Nitta Muneichi, Taiwan and Japan, from the 1960s [1]
    To 2001
    Rossi & Rossi, Ltd., London, to 2001
    From 2001
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Rossi & Rossi, Ltd. in 2001
    [1] While the publication of the Nitta catalog was not until 1987, Stan Czuma (in an unpublished paper) dates this object's entry into the collection to the 1960s (according to Curatorial Note 3, Debra Diamond, January 10, 2001, in the object record). See The Crucible of Compassion and Wisdom: Special Exhibition Catalog of the Buddhist Bronzes from the Nitta Group Collection at the National Palace Museum (Taipei: 1987).
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Body Image (October 14, 2017 - ongoing)
    Arts of the Indian Subcontinent and the Himalayas (October 16, 2004 to January 3, 2016)
    Himalayas: An Aesthetic Adventure (October 18, 2003 to January 11, 2004)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Nitta Muneichi
    Rossi & Rossi, Ltd.
  • Origin

    Western Tibet
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

  • On View

    Freer Gallery 02: Body Image: Arts of the Indian Subcontinent
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