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Guanyin in Her Cave at Putuo
Item No. 19414

19th Century, Buddhist, China
Wood with Polychrome
9.5" x 0" x 0"
( 24.13 x 0 x 0 cm)
(H x W x D)

This is an image of a White Clad Guanyin in her cave on the Island of Putuo in the South China Sea. The statue is carved wood and presents many traces of pigment which would have originally covered most of the surface of the carving. Guanyin sits in a modified royal ease position (lalitsana) with her left leg raised with her hand resting on top and the right leg bent at knee and placed under the left leg. She sits in a cave with a carved and pierced back wall, and a vial and a parrot are placed on either side of her. She is a classic White Clad Guanyin with her hair up in a bun, and her head and shoulders are covered by a hooded cloth that falls over her shoulders. She sits on a throne held up by lotuses that grow from a round base centered by two closed lotus buds, She holds sutras, and she wears well-defined and well-carved robes.

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