1000 Armed Avalokitesvara Statue
Our magnificent 1000 armed Avalokitesvara statue was carved with intricate precision. This is very important for such a unique and important figure such as Avalokitesvara. As a result, we can offer enthusiasts of Buddhist artwork a statue that portrays the most venerable bodhisattva in the most original form.
1000 Armed Avalokitesvara Statue Features
The origins of Avalokitesvara’s 1000 arms and 11 heads lie on the Tibetan Plateau. This is because Avalokitesvara had stopped to look over the sea of suffering. However, for Avalokitesvara the suffering of sentient life takes on a special meaning. This is because he swore to forgo enlightenment until he was able to stop the suffering of all sentient life. This is why Avalokitesvara is known as the “bodhisattva of compassion”.
However, when Avalokitesvara realized the immensity of the task ahead the deity imploded into thousands of pieces. Fortunately, assistance arrived in the form of Amitabha and Avalokitesvara was reconstructed. As a result of the reconstruction, the deity now has 1000 arms and 11 heads.
The purpose of the 11 heads is so that Avalokitesvara can better see and hear all of the suffering of sentient life. There are nine heads for Avalokitesvara, one head for Amitabha (top) and one head for wrathful Vajrapani. Additionally, the 1000 arms are so that the deity can work much faster to provide assistance to sentient beings.
Each of Avalokitesvara’s 1000 hands has the eye of perfected wisdom in the palm. This symbolizes the union of the five method perfections (fingers) with the sixth perfection of wisdom (eye).
Additionally, our 1000 armed Avalokitesvara statue is adorned with right turning conch shells. The orbits of the planets and stars in the universe is to the right. As a result, right turning shells or hair coils are an important feature of Buddhist sculptures. This is because the right turning nature of the shell indicates the Dharma is in harmony with the universe.
World Class 1000 Armed Avalokitesvara Statue
The artisans who created this magnificent sculpture have been practicing their craft for many generations. In fact, the artisans in Patan, Nepal have been supplying the Tibetan monasteries for nearly 1000 years. As a result, you can rest assured that you are procuring a world class 1000 armed Avalokitesvara statue that will last many lifetimes.