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Maker: Unknown
Material and Medium: Ivory
Dimensions: Overall: 162 x 82 x 62mm (6 3/8 x 3 1/4 x 2 7/16in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2007.233
This Bodhisattva wears jewellery, princely robes, hair tied up on top of his head in an elaborate topknot and a tall crown. In his hands he holds a bell, used in Buddhist services to drive away evil spirits, and an incense burner. Incense smoke is believed to purify, and temples contain many of them. He is seated on a lotus throne. In Buddhism the lotus signifies purity, for its beautiful flowers grow up from a muddy lake bed to open in the pure air. Buddhist deities often sit on thrones in the shape of open lotus flowers.
Display Location: In Store
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