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Image of Guanyin in Meditation (dyanasana)
Item No. 16104

18th Century, Buddhist, China
Lacquer over Wood with Polychrome and Gilt
12.75" x 5.5" x 3.75"
( 32.385 x 13.97 x 9.525 cm)
(H x W x D)

This slender Guanyin sits in meditation (dyana mudra) hands in the lap, feet in padmasana covered by the flowing robe. The thin oval face is set in a pose of benign serenity and compassion, and bends slightly forward as if to hear the cries of humanity. The figure is distinctly androgynous, with an elongated graceful body. A lobed crown centered by an eroded image of the Buddha Amitabha sits atop the forehead from which extend scarves behind the pendulous ears. The figure wears the traditional three part robes. The traditional outer garment is open at the chest revealing a pectoral around the neck, a skirt belted at the waist with long sleeves of the outer robes framing the body and extending over the edge of the backless throne.

The cavity in the back is still closed with its original "bung" over the opening, enclosing the documents and ritual items placed there by a monk during an eye opening ceremony when the piece was consecrated. Much of the original lacquer and gilt remain. The piece is in good condition, although there is considerable ware and losses to the underside and back of the statue due to age, and the pedestal upon which the backless throne is placed has cracks, losses and deterioration as wellDescription pending, email for details.

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