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Lot 13


Estimated Value:

5.000 € - 8.000 €



Ladakh, 11th/ 12th c.
H. 20,9 cm ( o. S.)
Padmapani is the two-armed appearance of the manifold forms of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, most revered in Buddhism. In the ornamental body of the Samboghakaya, as the active active wisdom of Buddha Amitabha, he shows himself in royal appearance, Every visible part of his sublime appearance is a sign of his, manifold virtues. Padmapanisv's characteristic is compassion and mercy, his mantra is the most popular prayer in Tibet: Om ma ni pad me hum. His sixfold adornment - crown, ear, neck, chest, belt, wrists and ankles - stands for devotion, morality, patience, strength, contemplation and insight. The gazelle skin, indicated by two legs entwined over his belly, illustrates the inclusion of animals in his compassion. His right hand is held upwards with two fingers extended in defence of the enemy, the middle fingers and thumb originally loosely holding a small mala. With his left hand, resting on his hip, Padmapani holds the lotus stem, symbol of purity and wisdom - for the lotus grows out of mud and dirt and blossoms in purity - and as an attribute of his belonging to the Padma family of the Tathagata Amitabha. In this standing appearance, he joins the group of the Eight Mahabodhisattvas: Avalokiteshvara, Kshitigarbha, Maitreya, Akashagarbha, Samantabhadra, Manjushri, Vajrapani and Nivaranavishkambhin. In the doctrine of the bardo - the area between entering the state of death and attaining rebirth - the bodhisattvas symbolise the psychic and physical organs of perception, the starting points of cause and effect of the sufferings of human existence. The Bodhisattvas are guardians of the eight modes of consciousness and helpers of unredeemed beings on the path to enlightenment. Their cosmic assignment corresponds to the four cardinal directions and the four intermediate directions. Copper alloy, solid cast, base.
Old European private collection, according to the owner acquired from Marcel Nies in 1997
Literature on the casting technique: U. v. Schroeder, Indo-Tibetan Bronzes, Hong Kong; 1981: VI - Minor damages due to age