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Image of a Seated Bodhisattva in Lalitsana
Item No. 16080

19th Century, Buddhist, China
14" x 5.75" x 4.75"
( 35.56 x 14.605 x 12.065 cm)
(H x W x D)

Guanyin sits in lalitsana, the position of royal ease, her right hand with outstretched fingers resting on her raised bent knee and her left holding scrolls representing Buddhist sutras. She is portrayed in the manifestation of the White Clad Guanyin with her hair in a bun under her hood which extends to her shoulders and down part of her back. She sits on a pedestal which consists of an open lotus with its stem holding up stylized lotus petals. Her face is deeply and sensitively carved with arched eyebrows framing her heavy lidded and partially closed eyes. Her mouth and lips are set in a slight smile. Her three part robe is carved with deep incising indicating each fold, curve and detail. The smooth and wide border of the robe is in contrast to the highly decorative treatment of the deeply carved folds of her garments.

The surface of the statue was originally covered with pigmentation of yellow, green and red as well as silver and gilt over a white ground, of which small traces remain. Additionally, it survived a fire, as demonstrated by the charred sections in the back of the statue. This is somewhat common in old statues which were often deliberately destroyed for political reasons

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