01.1539Twenty-four armed Avalokiteshvara 二十四臂观音像
Qi Ji 祁吉
Assistant of Design College, Nanjing University of The Arts
Born in 1990, Qi Ji graduated from the Decoration Department at Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan with a MA in 2017.
“The theme of Qi Ji‘s work claimed a scale of semantic values of reference where tools, ancient techniques, facts, circumstances and ancient writings belonging to different eras were recalled through a parallelism between the ancient and contemporary worlds.
From the symbolic and ancient Chinese writing, Qi Ji moved on to the complex and arduous story of its dissemination in the contemporary world, in which he wanted to highlight the value but also the risk of the latent loss of much historical information, mostly due to the lack of transmission of memory and a problematic preservation of ancient Chinese monuments.
Qi Ji has acquired a high degree of awareness of the artistic subject, both in the use of materials and in the expressive poetics he uses. Qi Ji also demonstrates a great aptitude for the preliminary study of his objects, which he always makes with great skill and technical expertise.”
Prof. Sergio Nannicola Senior lecturer in Decoration at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, Milan
The work is a complete reproduction of a shattered concrete bearing slab in ruins, using a new reproduction technique. The surface of the work uses slip to simulate the traditional plaster-squeezing and gilding technique, inspired by the image of Maheśvara‘the embodiment of destruction’ in a Ming Dynasty mural at the Fahai Temple in Beijing.
It contains a scale of semantic values of reference where tools, ancient techniques, facts, circumstances and ancient writings belonging to different eras were recalled through a parallelism between the ancient and contemporary world.
Selected Buddhist Object from Chiddingstone Castle
01.1539 Twenty-four armed Avalokiteshvara
Twenty-four armed Avalokiteshvara, bodhisattva of compassion, seated in dhyanasana (meditation posture), with his main pair of hands in anjalimudrā (prayer gesture). His elongated uppermost hands hold a seated Buddha. Sino-Tibetan, 17th – 18th century.
Height: 46cm, Length: 25cm, Width: 12cm
This gilt bronze statue depicts the many-armed form of the bodhisattva (enlightened being) of compassion, Avalokiteshvara. Bodhisattvas are believed to be beings who have achieved enlightenment and have dedicated themselves to helping others do the same. Avalokiteshvara is one of the most widely worshipped bodhisattvas. In China he is often depicted in his female form – the goddess of mercy Guanyin. One common explanation for Avalokiteshvara’s many arms is that they enable him to save all living beings from suffering. In each hand he holds a symbol associated with Buddhist beliefs and teachings. These include a miniature palace symbolizing the life of luxury that the Buddha left behind in his quest for enlightenment.
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Porcelain, Glaze, Colored slip, Gold leaf