Tibet / Representation in embossed copper of Bodhisattva Padmapani / 18th - 19th century

19th century
Asian Arts
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Old repoussé copper representation of Padmapani.
She is shown standing, resting on a semicircular base adorned with a row of lotus petals and small gadroons, her left arm bent, attached to a long lotus flower. The right hand is in the vitarka mudra (gesture of argumentation) position, palm turned towards the viewer, the left hand grasping a lotus flower blooming above the shoulder. She wears a richly decorated high bun and sports many jewels: large circular earrings, necklace adorned with precious stones, bracelets on the arms and wrists, ornate belt. She is dressed in a short, finely crafted dothi. Her face with half-closed eyes, her gaze turned towards the ground and her choosy smile with a benevolent smile forcefully convey the compassion of which she is the embodiment.
Padmapani (literally 'who wears a lotus') is the feminized form of the Bodhisattva of Compassion Avalokitesvara.

In the Buddhist tradition, the bodhisattva is a Being promised to awakening but renouncing Nirvana until all beings have found salvation. The determining virtue of its action is compassion (karunâ), supported by perfect knowledge and wisdom (prajñâ). Mahayana Buddhism, and Tantric Buddhism, favor a group of eight bodhisattvas.

Base piece.

Without base: 16.5 x 7 cm
Condition: Good condition
Provenance: From a set from a private collection


Style Asian Arts
Century 19th century
Materials Copper
Shipping Time Ready to ship in 1 Business Day
Location 38090, Villefontaine, France

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