The Dragon Princess (Shan Tsai) Holding a Pearl
Item No. 16604
18th - 19th Century, Buddhist, China
Lacquer over Wood with Gilt
16.25" x 7" x 6.75"
( 41.275 x 17.78 x 17.145 cm)
(H x W x D)
This charming standing figure leans forward; her hands clasped under a ritualistic cloth, holding a round object, probably a flaming pearl. Her sweet face with down cast eyes is framed with hair pulled back in to soft braids. A plain scalloped high neck collar is set over her flowing long sleeved robes which hang our ceremoniously and highly ornate apron which hangs to the top of her under robe. The apron contains am image of a dragon with its head on her mid section and its tail obscured under a front sash. She stands on around shaped flat pedestal.
Figures such as these would have been placed on either side of a more significant deity. Given the pearl that she offers and the dragon ornamentation, this figure probably represents the Dragon Princess, who, along with Sudhana was a pair of attendants who accompanied Guanyin.
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