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Figure, Burner, Incense, D37.489

Physical Description

Gilded bronze figure of a male seated on a lotus seat in the lotus position with right hand raised with the other in lap. Palm of left hand has hole in - possibly for incense sticks. Figure is elaborately clothed and jewelled with a headdress bearing images of five past buddhas (?). Figure has also been painted with paint still adhering to the hair, headdress and "jewels". A brass base plate has been fitted and has a yin and yang symbol surrounded by stylised flames or flowers engraved on it. This is probably a Bodhisattva (a Buddha to come) because of the rich costuming. Almost certainly the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara

Provenance

Purchased for £1.2.6 from: James Keggie
?Locality

Measurements

Maximum dimensions (H x W x D): 170 x 114 x 76mm

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