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A large lacquered-wood sixteen-armed figure of Avalokitesvara, Vietnam, 18th-19th century2

A large lacquered-wood sixteen-armed figure of Avalokitesvara, Vietnam, 18th-19th centuryEstimate US$ 10,000 – 15,000 (€9,100 – 14,000). Photo: Bonhams.

The Bodhisattva seated in dhyanasana on a large lotus pedestal, the primary hands held at the chest, a further set of hands resting in the lap holding a sutra and a knot, while the other arms radiate around the figure, proffering many auspicious articles, including a bottle, a stupa, a peach, a lotus bud, a medicine jar and a vajra, the figure wearing flowing robes and sashes and a monk’s faceted cap, the deity bearing a serene expression with downcast eyes, the surface covered in successive layers of lacquer, gilt and remnants of polychrome. 38 1/4in (97.2cm) high

Bonhams. CHINESE WORKS OF ART, 11:00 EDT  – NEW YORK

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