South East Asian Thai Bronze Hand from a Figure of a Seated Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara
South East Asian Thai Bronze Hand from a Figure of a Seated Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara

South East Asian Thai Bronze Hand from a Figure of a Seated Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara

1300 to 1500 Thailand

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A Fine South East Asian Thai Bronze Hand from a Figure of a Seated Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara Traces of thick red and black lacquer and gilt decoration
Old smooth polished patina to the bronze hand
14th Century

Size: 19cm high, 5cm wide, 22cm deep – 7½ ins high, 2 ins wide, 8½ ins deep
See: Finch and Co catalogue no. 16, item no. 68, 108 and 132 for three other bronze hands of the Buddha
Avalokiteshvara, ‘the lord who looks in every direction’ is one of the most important Bodhisattvas. He embodies compassion and responds instantly to all whom ‘with all their mind call on his name’. The long delicate fingers of the elongated hand are shown in the gesture of the Varada Mudra symbolizing charity and compassion and the statue was once lacquered and gilded in the graceful Sukhoithai tradition. The poise and balance shown in the finely clothed arm and outstretched hand display an enchanting beauty.
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Bronze, Polychrome
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