Child Giving Guanyin with Swaddled Baby
Item No. 16225
18th - 19th Century, Buddhist, China
Wood with Pigmentation
39.5" x 14.5" x 19.5"
( 100.33 x 36.83 x 49.53 cm)
(H x W x D)
Although created in a fairly unrefined style, this Guanyin is quite charming. Probably created in a rural area, it depicts Songzi Guanyin somewhat self-consciously holding a swaddled small child with both hands. Atop her head is a lobed crown centered by an image of the Buddha Amitabha. This image appears to reflect more of a folk art approach with its use of the bright pigments of lime green, canary yellow and reds. The modeling is unsophisticated, the image is perceived as fairly flat and there is a lack Guanyin wears a three-part brightly-colored robe with a high collar, yellow bodice and red sash at the waist and lining the skirt. The figure appears to have a more pragmatic straight forwardness-- with the eyes peering straight out at her surroundings—rather than a spiritual other-worldliness, possibly reflecting the environment for which it was created. The final result is a wonderful and enticing image.
Some restoration and repainting.
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