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Bodhisattva, Vietnam, late 19th century or somewhat later.  Photo courtesy Auctionata 

Wood, red, black and gold lacquer. Ten removable arms. Measurements: 69 x 70 x 32 cm (height x width x depth). Estimation : 1 440 / 1 800 €

Provenance: from a German private collection

This Bodhisattva dates back to late 19th Century in Vietnam and is made of red, black and gold lacquered wood. He is sitting on a reddish plinth in the lotus position.
The sole of his left foot faces upwards, whilst the right foot is hidden by the flowing robe.
The two front hands are folded in front of his chest and the two middle fingers are pressed together, which is emphasised by the index fingers.
The rear hands form further gestures, such as the vitarka mudra.
The Bodhisattva displays a peaceful expression, called sânta, with closed eyes and a gentle smile. Deep neck folds and long earlobes indicate his majesty and his head is adorned with an ornate crown.
The Bodhisattva displays considerable signs of age and wear. Dryness cracks, loss of material, breakages to the fingers and damages to the paintwork are visible. Additionally, breakages to the base and fingers have been restored.

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