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A35 Eleven headed thousand armed Avalokitesvara, 38 cms, Tibeto-Chinese, 18th c.,

Avalokitesvara is arguably the most popular Bodhisattva and is the embodiment of the Buddhist concept of compassion. The name Avalokitesvara means literally “The Lord Who Looks Down” [on the world]. As such, he listens to the pleas of those who call on his name and offers them succour.

This eighteenth century Ching dynasty, Tibeto-Chinese sculpture represents him in his eleven headed thousand armed form.

The sculpture was formerly gilded, traces of which remain. The base sealing plate has been lost and replaced with a modern copper one.
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