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Carved Guanyin in Meditation (Dhyana Mudra)
Item No. 16232

18th Century, Buddhist, China
Lacquer over Wood with Gilt
14.5" x 7.5" x 4.5"
( 36.83 x 19.05 x 11.43 cm)
(H x W x D)

Guanyin is seated in meditation with the right hand over left hand and placed in the lap with each finger carefully articulated. The Bodhisattva has an oval-shaped fully-rounded face with soft features, raised arched eye brows above the prominent nose and slightly open eyes looking down in peaceful serenity. The face is painted in flesh tones with the lips painted in red. The unique and elegantly designed four-lobed crown has a very wide base that runs across the forehead and the two sides. The front lobe is large and almost triangular and is centered by a seated Buddha Amitabha in meditation placed in a pointed niche surrounded by nine deeply carved rays of radiance. The two side lobes are semicircles attached to the wide base decorated with five rays of radiance, and the back of the crown consists of a single pointed undecorated lobe. The hair is fastened into a prominently raised top knot, thick strands are draped across the long pendulous ears and two strands extend from the back of the crown to the shoulders. Guanyin sits on a wide backless throne covered by gilt drapery which once had a lacquer design now unreadable. The prominent necklace was once painted with red as were other areas of the statue, covered with gilt and then lacquered in certain areas with decorative designs. The back was covered with a thick dark lacquer.

This piece was rescued from a fire which can be seen in the charred areas in the rear. Part of the base is lost.

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