Guanyin in Meditation on Three Tiered Throne
Item No. 16381
18th - 19th Century, Buddhist, China
Lacquer over Wood with Polychrome and Gilt
14.5" x 5.75" x 5.5"
( 36.83 x 14.605 x 13.97 cm)
(H x W x D)
This Guanyin, from North China, sits in padmasana, her legs crossed with the soles of her feet facing upward. Her hands rest in her lap in meditation in Triratna with the tips of the thumbs touching. Her face with gold pigment remaining, is in deep meditation, with heavy lidded closed eyes below arched deep set eyebrows, a broad flat nose and a mouth set in contemplation. Her hair is modestly piled up in a chignon on top of her head and a single scarf flows dow each shoulder. She wears the traditional three part robe, with the undergarment tied at the waist, and the outer robe with long sleeves extending to her pedestal throne. Most notable in this well carved statue is the exceptionally high pedestal, consisting of three tiers set upon a footed base. Each tier contains five rectangualr panels, the center three panels of the two top tiers decorated with deeply carved renderings of florals and the center panel of the bottom tier carved with what might have been an edifice. A two tiered open lotus rests on the top tier which serves as Guanyin's throne. The statue was originally covered with gold pigmentation, much of which remains on the seated image and the open lotus. The back contians a closed bung which was sealed during an eye opening ceremony.
The overall impression of the statue is one of charming serenity and spirituality.