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Seated Guanyin
Item No. 18016

18th Century, Buddhist, China
Wood with Polychrome
22" x 16" x 10"
( 55.88 x 40.64 x 25.4 cm)
(H x W x D)

This image represents a Bodhisattva, probably Guanyin, seated in padmasana (lotus position) with just the right foot exposed, while the left is covered with her swirling outer garment. Her left hand is held up in vitarka mudra, the mudra symbolizing the teaching of the Dharma with which Guanyin is traditionally associated. Her the left hand is held in her lap in meditation. Her hair gracefully frames her face and is piled up in a chignon atop her head.

She is garbed in vibrant saffron, green and azurite blue. Her blue undergarment is gathered at the waist and tied with a red ribbon. A saffron shawl elegantly covers her shoulders, and the sleeves of her green outer garment are bordered in a hem of blue and saffron. Her outer garment is pulled back exposing her bare chest on which hang strands of jewels. Her almond eyes are cast down, almost closed, meditative in concentration. Most of the original lacquer remains on her face.

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