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Guanyin in Meditation
Item No. 16143

18th - 19th Century, Buddhist, China
Lacquer over Wood and Polychrome
13.5" x 7" x 0"
( 34.29 x 17.78 x 0 cm)
(H x W x D)

This Guanyin sits in meditation position with the hands together in the lap, the right hand underneath with extended fingers and the left on top with fingers curled and the thumb touching the index finger. He sits in padmasana with the right leg over the left and the right foot exposed and facing upwards on a two-tier backless throne, the upper tier consisting of lotus petals. He wears a four lobed pointed crown with cross hatched decoration and the hair in a thick rounded bun. A coat of dark lacquer was placed over the piece before the gilt was applied. The robes and face are gilded, the thick border of the robe is colored red and other areas of the statue such as the top of the throne and parts of the crown have also been painted red. The Bodhisattva is sensitively carved with a rounded oval face with softly molded features. The head is bent forward and down as the calm and quiescent figure with eyes barely open radiates a feeling of total peace and tranquility.

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