Large Thousand Arm Avalokiteshvara Statue 63"
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Large Thousand Arm Avalokiteshvara Statue 63" Item #7n43

Materials: Lost Wax Method, Copper inlaid with Turquoise and Coral

Origin: Hand Made in Nepal

Tibetan Name: Chenrezig

Height: 63 inches

Width: 45 inches

Depth: 15 inches

Weight: 151 pounds

Price: $23500

Sale Price: $21150



Description

“Try to develop a good heart, a warm heart, a compassionate heart,” the Dalai Lama urges.  “This is very important for society as well as for one's own health and piece of mind.  To reject belief informal institutionalized religion is perfectly all right, but to reject a good heart is destructive to oneself and others.”  Public Address, 1997 by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

In Buddhist legend, the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara vowed to liberate all sentient beings from suffering but when he realized the magnitude of his task, his head exploded into countless pieces.  His body was then re-assembled by the Buddha Amitabha and the Bodhisattva Vajrapani (also known as the wielder of the thunderbolt) into this omniscient form of Avalokiteshvara, with eleven heads and a thousand arms.  Each of Avalokiteshvara's hands displays an all-seeing eye, symbolizing the union of wisdom and skillful means.  The first two hands hold a wish-fulfilling gem, a symbol of the deepest powers of the human psyche.  The next five hold a lotus, a bow, a vase, a buddhist rosary (malas), and a wheel.  The eighth hand (lower right) is in the varada mudra also known as the gesture of generosity and charity.

Avalokiteshvara's multiple tiers of heads are crowned by the fierce face of Vajrapani and at the very top the face of Amitabha, symbols of uncompromising compassion and the boundless light of the awakened mind.

Avalokiteshvara's Mantra "Om Mane Padme Hum" is found inscribed on rocks, temples and prayer wheels throughout the Himalayas and southeast Asia.

This piece is made of copper inlaid with turquoise and coral.
There are 7 separate parts: the main body, the top 4 heads, the back panel, the 17 arms to the right, the 17 arms to the left, the bottom throne which is decorated with 2 lions on each side, and above the throne the double lotus base on which he stands. The back of the piece was made using a process called repoussé, the process of ornamenting metallic surfaces with designs in relief hammered out from the back by hand.

An absolutely beautiful, one of a kind masterpiece!

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