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Carving of White Clad Guanyin in Meditation
Item No. 16534

19th Century, Buddhist, China
Wood with Pigmentation
9" x 4.75" x 4.5"
( 22.86 x 12.065 x 11.43 cm)
(H x W x D)

This extremely charming White Clad and hooded Guanyin is seated in meditation with the left hand over the right in her lap as she sits on a rounded double lotus throne. Each long petal of the lotus is individually carved with precision, as are the robes of the bodhisattva, which are laid to each side and in front in three decorative and deeply-carved semi-circles. Each of the folds of the semicircular robe pieces are indicated, and they flow into one another at her hip. This piece is masterfully carved, especially the life like folds draping over the shoulders. Guanyin is presented with a full, oval face, prominent cheeks and chin, partially closed eyes and mouth with a slight smile. The piece has layers of red paint covered with gold gilt, most of which has been obscured by a thick layer of dark lacquer. There is a chip missing from the end of one thumb and minor losses to a garment at the chest and part of hood.

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