This statue is unique. Also known as Avalokiteshvara, Chenrezig is the Bodhisattva of Compassion.
This Chenrezig has been hand crafted by traditional artisans living in Nepal using the 'Lost Wax Technique', he measures 12" high by 8.25" wide. A separate wax model is used for every image which melts during the copper casting process. This Lost Wax Technique results in unique enhanced detail, life like expression and a refined finish. Each figure is then hand painted and completed with gold powder being used on the face.
In the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon of enlightened beings, Chenrezig is renowned as the embodiment of the compassion of all the Buddhas, the Bodhisattva of Compassion.
According to legend, Chenrezig made a a vow that he would not rest until he had liberated all the beings in all the realms of suffering. After working diligently at this task for a very long time, he looked out and realized the immense number of miserable beings yet to be saved. Seeing this, he became despondent and his head split into thousands of pieces. Amitabha Buddha put the pieces back together as a body with very many arms and many heads, so that Chenrezig could work with myriad beings all at the same time. Sometimes Chenrezig is visualized with eleven heads, and a thousand arms fanned out around him.
Chenrezig may be the most popular of all Buddhist deities, except for Buddha himself -- he is beloved throughout the Buddhist world. He is known by different names in different lands: as Avalokiteshvara in the ancient Sanskrit language of India, as Kuan-yin in China, as Kannon in Japan.