Guanyin in Meditation on a Lotus
Item No. 19214
19th Century, Buddhist, China
Lacquer over Wood and Polychrome
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The Bodhisattva is seated on a two tier rounded throne, the upper tier consisting of a double row of lotus petals. Seated in vajrasana with the legs covered by robes, the hands are placed in the lap the right placed above the left with fingers extended. The thick robe falls over the legs in three semi-circular folds, and the wide borders arch over the folded knees from the waist to under the knees. The undergarment is tightly pulled in horizontal folds stretched between the knees, and the front of the each garment is highlighted with silver partially covered by the thick and dark lacquer coat that covers the whole. The chest exhibits a lively linear pattern composed of the angular folds of the robe, the curved border and the vertical black ribbons that fall from the back of the crown, behind the ears and down the chest.
The crown is divided into distinct front and back parts with the five-lobed front decorated with highlighted silver decorative floral designs and the rear consisting of a single rounded three-lobed back section painted with red over a silver base. The small bung on the back is sealed shut by a thick layer of lacquer over gilt. The bodhisattva’s face is characterized by a rounded oval shape, a wide flat nose, pursed lips, and high arched eyebrows. The head and neck jut forward, the glance of the almost closed eyes is downward and the Bodhisattva sits in a relaxed calm in deep meditation.