Carved Guanyin in Meditation (Dhyana Mudra)
Item No. 16251A
18th Century, Buddhist, China
Lacquer over Wood
28" x 15" x 12.5"
( 71.12 x 38.1 x 31.75 cm)
(H x W x D)
This rare image of a bodhisattva may represent Guanyin, although, unlike the traditional representations of Guanyin, she is wearing a five lobed crown, each lobe centered by a image of a seated Buddha. She sits with her hands in her lap in meditation, in triratna with the tips of her slender elegant fingers touching to form the triple gems of Buddhism, the Buddha, Dharma and the Sangha. Her three part robe with outer bordered in red is open at the chest to reveal a necklace with three vertical strands of gems, the center strand composed of three hanging strands, and the outer strands composed of two hanging extensions. Her face has a sweet serene smile, with half closed eyes and bud lips in a slight smile. The surface is covered over all with a red brown finish accents with red highlights.
The overall appearance of the piece is quite attractive, although there is consider erosion to the back and base. She is set on a contemporary black base.