Guanyin in Meditation in Saffron Colored Robes
Item No. 17009
18th Century, Buddhist, China
Wood with Polychrome
23" x 17" x 12"
( 58.42 x 43.18 x 30.48 cm)
(H x W x D)
This temple carving of Guanyin sits in dhyana sana, the position of mediation with her delicately carved hands in her lap, the tips of the thumbs touching in triratna, the symbolic gesture of the triple gems of Buddhism which represent the Buddha, the Sangha and the Dharma. Her square shaped face with half closed eyes glancing down in serene contemplation under arched eyebrows, is framed with pendulous ears, the signs of an enlightened being, and hair pulled up in a chignon behind an elaborately carved three part crown. The masterfully carved crown is centered by an image of the seated Buddha, to whom she was a constant companion, surrounded by elegantly carved spiral cloud forms. Her three-part robe is bordered at the chest and sleeves with dark pigments, offsetting the soft saffron and green hues of the flowing garment. The outer robe lies open to frame her chest and the green undergarment which his tied at the waist with a red ribbon and extends in elegant folds at the base of the image.
The statue, a portrait of perfect harmony which is reinforced by the symmetry of the figure and the sensitive use of color, radiates in the peacefulness and serenity characteristic of a masterful image of Guanyin.