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16265

Image of Guanyin of the South Sea in Meditation
Item No. 16265

18th Century, Buddhist, China
Lacquer over Wood
45.5" x 18" x 11"
( 115.57 x 45.72 x 27.94 cm)
(H x W x D)

Guanyin sits gracefully posed in dhyana mudra (gesture of meditation), her hands in her lap and her feet in padmasana (lotus position) with the soles faced upward. She is poised on a three tiered red lotus held up on a large stalk set atop a round base. The base is carved with stylized waves from which a fish emerges, the head of the fish on her right and the tail on her left. As Guanyin of the South Sea she is depicted among flaming waves and rescues shipwrecked persons from the sea which symbolizes that she is empowered to save sentient beings from samsara, the circle of birth, death and rebirth and lead them to their personal enlightenment.

She is dressed is a three part robe of red, gold and green with a shawl over her shoulders. On her head is a crown centered by the Buddha Amitabha. Her soft round countenance radiates compassion with her lotus shaped eyes glancing down to the devotees below. There issome more recent painting in this piece. It was made in North China, but we are not sure exactly where.

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