Image of the Bodhisattva Kshitigarbha
Item No. 16765
18th Century, Buddhist, China
Lacquer over Wood and Polychrome
25" x 14.5" x 11"
( 63.5 x 36.83 x 27.94 cm)
(H x W x D)
This image represents the Bodhisattva Kshitigarbha. Kshitigarbha vowed to save all sentient beings from the karmic cycle until the appearance of Maitreya, the Bodhisattva of the Future. He appears in many forms, such as a bodhisattva, monk, layman, or dragon; here he is represented as a seated bodhisattva.
In this masterful carving, the Bodhisattva sits with the hands in the lap in meditation (dhyana mudra) with the delicately carved fingers and extended fingernails touching, forming the triangle known as triratna. The robes totally cover the feet and the folds of the under garment form a spiral on the abdomen and extend on the top parts of the covered knees. A shawl gracefully covers the shoulders and arms.
The dark face and hands create a remarkable contrast to the burgundy and gilt robes and white eyes with inset glass which stare downward in contemplative serenity. The14. Kshitigarbha, the Bodhisattva of Great Vows and Hell Beings
Kshitigarbha vowed to save all sentient beings from the karmic cycle until the appearance of Maitreya, the Bodhisattva of the Future. He appears in many forms, such as a bodhisattva, monk, layman, or dragon; here he is represented as a forehead is lined with tresses of hair. The head is adorned by an elaborately carved three tiered diadem with three lobes. The bottom tier of the diadem is an undecorated band, the next is a row of stylized lotuses, and above that is a row of stylized florals. Atop the bands are three highly decorative pierced lobes, the center with a large oval flower-head with what might be spirals of radiating petals, with further flower-heads along the sides.