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16925

Antique Head of Guanyin on Lucite
Item No. 16925

18th Century, Buddhist, China
Lacquer over Wood and Polychrome
19" x 8" x 8"
( 48.26 x 20.32 x 20.32 cm)
(H x W x D)

In this depiction, Guanyin’s face is framed by well defined hair under her red painted lobed crown, the center of which contains an image of the Buddha Amitabha seated on a lotus, to whom Guanyin was a constant companion. Her half closed eyes peer downward under arched painted eyebrows. Her pursed partially smiling lips are highlighted with red pigmentation. Her pendulous ears symbolize her status and an enlightened being and the fact that as, her name implies, Guanyin is “she who hears the cries of humanity.” The face has been repainted.

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