Guanyin of the South Sea in Lalitsana
Item No. 16571
18th - 19th Century, Buddhist, China
Lacquer over Wood and Polychrome
13.75" x 6.25" x 5"
( 34.925 x 15.875 x 12.7 cm)
(H x W x D)
Guanyin sits regally in lalitsana, her right knee raised with her arm resting upon it and her left bent at the knee, with the right hand resting firmly at her side atop the backless throne upon which she sits. Her face is masterfully carved, with fine serene features: heavily lidded slightly closed eyes under arched deeply carved eyebrows which meet at the bridge of her prominent nose, her full cheeks and small chin set around a contemplative mouth, and large elongated well defined ears. Her deeply carved crown arches upward. A row of cropped hair frames her face, ending in soft tufts in front of the ears and two large strands of hair extend from behind the ears flowing down her shoulders. Her layered robes are crossed below the waist, held by a floral broach and flow down over her shoulders and cover her body and the front of her throne with only the right foot remaining bare. As Guanyin of the South Sea, she sits on her rocky throne above the waves with hanging vegetation below her garments. She retains some of her original pigmentation which is evident in the red swath below her flowing garment. The back of the statue is covered in red and contains a deep cavity into which were placed selected sacred items and messages when the statue was consecrated. The underside of the statue has been worn over time and a slab of wood was added to stablize the figure.
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