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Guanyin in Royal Ease (Lalitsana)
Item No. 19068

18th - 19th Century, Buddhist, China
8" x 4.75" x 3"
( 20.32 x 12.065 x 7.62 cm)
(H x W x D)

This is an example of the White Clad Guanyin, who is almost always presented as a female Bodhisattva with her hair up in a high bun on top of her head with the head covered in a hood that falls down and usually covers the shoulders. She is seated in lalitsana, the position of royal ease with the right leg up and the left leg down and to the side with the feet touching. Her right hand is cupped and rests on the top of the right knee, while the left is flat with the arm straight down against the ground and acting as a balance. These is an image Buddha Amitabha in her crown that explains their close connection in Pure Land Buddhism and much gilt on the face and chest. The robes are painted red but are also covered with a now very dark and smokey lacquer that has in places turned to an opaque black. Please notice the artfully carved stretch lines in the garment at the left hip and knee. The bung on her back remains closed.

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