Guanyin in Meditation with Aureole
Item No. 16919
18th - 19th Century, Buddhist, China
Wood with Pigmentation
17" x 7" x 5.5"
( 43.18 x 17.78 x 13.97 cm)
(H x W x D)
Guanyin sits in meditation, fingers touching, in padmasana on a detachable throne. The well carved face with deep set lidded half closed eyes, flat broad nose, and partially smiling bud mouth portrays an air of serenity. Her outer robe is open to well below the waist, revealing a high undergarment tied just below the chest. Guanyin sits on an open two tiered lotus with the sleeves extending to the top of the lotus. The back of the figure contains a closed and sealed bung.
The detached pedestal is extremely elaborate. The bottom section is scalloped, beneath three tiers: the bottom flat tier which once was decorated with painted deigns, a second tier with three central framed carved plaques surrounding floral designs, the plaques interspersed with four vials, symbols of the vase Guanyin holds to dispense waters or the dew of compassion on her devotees, and the top tier also with three central horizontal plaques interspersed by stylized lotuses. A bulb shaped aureole with carved flames of Buddhism is attached and contains had painted calligraphic lettering which is rather smeared.
The figure originally was covered with yellow, green and red pigmentation, some which remains, as well as flicks of gold leaf. The pedestal retains most of its original red pigmentation.
The image is extremely charming in its presence and execution. An age crack exists on the front lower body.