Bodhisattva Kshitigarbha in Meditation
Item No. 16874
16th - 17th Century, Buddhist, China
Wood with Gilt
25" x 15" x 13"
( 63.5 x 38.1 x 33.02 cm)
(H x W x D)
This imagerepresents Kshitibarbha, the Bodhisattva who protects those in the underworld. She sits in dhyana mudra, the mudra of meditation with the tips of her thumbs touching, which represents the triatna, or the triple jewels of Buddhism, She sits with her legs covered in padmasana. Her crown, is elaborately carved in three lobes, and three tiers. The first tier is composed of stylized lotus petals, above that is carved florals and on top is lotus whirls. Clearly an important piece, the image was once covered in lacquer with gilt, traces of which remain throughout .