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16557

Carved Seated Bodhisattva in Meditation
Item No. 16557

19th Century, Buddhist, China
Lacquer over Wood and Polychrome
9.5" x 4.5" x 3.5"
( 24.13 x 11.43 x 8.89 cm)
(H x W x D)

This image of a seated Bodhisattva was originally placed on a home altar shrine dedicated to the family's ancestors, along with other household and Buddhist deities. He sits with his hands in the gesture of meditation, dhyana mudra, with his thumbs touching which represents perfect physical and spiritual balance. The thumbs touching and forming a triangle also represents the triratna, or the Triple Gems of Buddhism, the Buddha the Sangha and the Dharma. His long robes drape gracefully around his body extending to a double grooved pedestal. He wears a five lobed crown symbolizing his regal nature as a bodhisattva, and his almond shaped eyes glance down in serene meditation. The bung in the rear containing the contents placed there during the eye-opening ceremony at its dedication is closed.

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