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Carved Bodhisattva Holding a Scroll
Item No. 16420

18th Century, Buddhist, China
Wood with Pigmentation
14.5" x 6.5" x 5.5"
( 36.83 x 16.51 x 13.97 cm)
(H x W x D)

This finely carved image from Central China probably represents Guanyin, although she is not represented with the definitive iconographic symbols of this bodhisattva. She is seated in lalitsana, with her right out stretched hand on her right knee and her left held in front of her holding a scroll representing a sutra. Her delicate face with half closed almond eyes and hooded eyelids, pursed lips and full cheeks is that of a mature bodhisattva posed in serene compassion. Her hair is pulled up in a chignon above her pendulous earlobes set back on her face. She is dressed in a loose robe tied at the waist and open at the chest with deeply carved folds covering all but her right foot. She sits upon a rocky base draped with a a cloth carved with circular folds. She is covered in white slip with traces of the original paint.

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