Guanyin in Meditation
Item No. 19215
18th - 19th Century, Buddhist, China
Lacquer over Wood with Polychrome and Gilt
13" x 5.75" x 3.5"
( 33.02 x 14.605 x 8.89 cm)
(H x W x D)
The Guanyin seated in padmasana with her hands right over left in her lap in dyanasana was originally covered totally on the front side in gold gilt. Some gilt has been degraded over time, but most remains. Her sensitively and beautifully carved face is extremely serene and peaceful, with half closed eyes, broad mouth and large pursed lips. Her hair frames her face, extends in loops over her elongated earlobes and is swept up in a chignon behind her arched diadem. The elaborate carved diadem contains a image of the seated Amitabha Buddha, to whom she was a constant companion in the center. It is framed in an aureole like setting with flames of Buddhism radiating around it. She is garbed in a three part robe, with the top coat with long flowing sleeves extending around the base of her pedestal, to reveal a dhoti like skirt which is tied at the waist. Long scarves flow from her crown to past her waist. The back of the figure, which is painted red, contains a closed long vertical niche which was filled with sacred documents, including sutras and messages to ancestors during an eye opening ceremony contains the original bung which was place there by the monk who conducted the ceremony and the preserved contents.