CU R A T O R S ‘ C H O I C E : A S I A N T R E A S U R E S F R OM A U S T R A L I A ‘ S PUB L I C CO L L E C T I ON S – TAASA Review December 2011


This article was originally found in the December 2011 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 20, Issue 4, Page 54).

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A rt G A L L E R Y O F N E W S O U T H W A L E S This elegant gilt bronze sculpture is an outstanding example of Avalokitesvara, the most revered bodhisattva in the Buddhist pantheon, variously known as Padmapani (Lotusbearer), the Bodhisattva of Mercy and, most poetically, the Luminous Lord of Infinite Compassion.

Acquisition of this sculpture accorded with the AGNSW’s aims to represent the great traditions of Buddhism with exceptional examples – a policy increasingly difficult to implement because rare and beautiful old pieces rarely appear on the market and, when they do, they understandably are very expensive.

Accordingly the Gallery is most grateful to those donors who made possible acquisition of this piece which has pride of place in the Gallery’s Asian displays. ...