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Image of Guanyin in Meditation
Item No. 99981

18th Century, Buddhist, China
Lacquer over Wood with Polychrome and Gilt
15.25" x 6.25" x 4.5"
( 38.735 x 15.875 x 11.43 cm)
(H x W x D)

This well carved Guanyin is a portrait in gentle serenity. Her finely modeled face has heavy lidded closed eyes under arched eyebrows which meet at the bridge of her wide nose above a slightly smiling mouth. Her oval face is framed in graceful curling locks (with a loss due to insects on the upper right side of her face) which fall in curved arcs over her pendulous ears and to thick braids in three tied plaits which drape down her shoulders. She sits in dhyana mudra with her well articulated long fingers held touching each other in her lap. Her three part robe is plain with just an ornamental clasp at the waist in the shape of a floral design with radiating petals. The minimal folds carved in her robes are in contrast to, and set off, her elaborate and deeply carved five lobed beaded crown decorated with florals on the side and centered by the Buddha Amitabha surrounded by radiating flames and set upon a row of stylized lotus leaves bordering the bottom of the crown. Although there are traces of lacquer, gilt and pigmentation, the sculpture is notable for its soft finish and absence of color. There is deterioration and losses to the bottom and rear side of the simple backless throne.

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