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Guanyin in Her Cave at Putuo
Item No. 16555

18th - 19th Century, Buddhist, China
11.75" x 5.5" x 4.25"
( 29.845 x 13.97 x 10.795 cm)
(H x W x D)

Guanyin of the South Sea sits at the entrance to her Title Cave on the island of Putuo, represented by the tilted overhang above and pierced walls behind the Bodhisattva. This image is somewhat unusual, as Guanyin appears to be in male form and sits with the legs covered under the robes in padmasana and the hands held in front of the chest in prayer and adoration (anjali mudra). This mudra is one of reverence for all sentient beings. Generally, when depicted in Putuo, Guanyin is in female form, often the White Clad Guanyin, seated in lalitsana with a scroll or book in close proximity. Guanyin here wears a five-lobed crown, voluminous robes which hang down over and frame the two-tier lotus throne on which she sits. The throne is held aloft by one large lotus held by three different stems growing from the ground. Guanyin wears a high-necked robe and displays a serene and somber face. There are remains of lacquer over wood with some pigmentation underneath.

Select for detailed information about Guanyin in the Cave of Tidal Sound on Mount Putuo.

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