This bronze resin statue depicts the Mahayana Buddhist deity Avalokiteshvara, a Bodhisattva who refuses to accept Nirvana until all of mankind has reached enlightenment and become liberated. He is one of the 108 Lokeshvara, and is known in Tibet as Chenrezig. Avalokiteshvara is the Saint of Karuna (compassion), as his sacrifice is done in order to help end the ignorance of man. One of the most well known Buddhist mantras, Om Mani Padmi Hum (Hail the Jewel In the Lotus) is said to invoke this deity's assistance, and thus Avalokiteshvara is seen as a protector and savior in the mundane world.
This statue stands nearly 13 inches tall, and depicts the Ekadas Lokeshvara (All Sided) Manifestation. According to belief, Avalokiteshvara descended to Hell in order to convert the wicked so that they might enter the spiritual paradise of Amitabha Buddha. Unfortunately, for every convert to good and liberated, another took their place just as quickly. Overcome by despair, His head split apart, and only by the grace of Amitabha, was His head allowed to become a three-tiered grouping of three heads per tier. The tenth head was placed immediately above the top tier, and His own head was place upon that. Instead of having but two eyes, the 22 eyes of the 11 heads allowed Avalokiteshvara to better watch over all corners of the universe. The three tiers are said to represent the ability to watch over the word of desire, the world of form, and the world void of form.
Dimensions: 12.5 Inches Tall by 7 Inches Wide by 6 Inches Deep (at base)
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