Guanyin in Meditation
Item No. 16472B
Late 19th Century, Buddhist, China
Lacquer over Wood and Polychrome
9" x 5" x 4.5"
( 22.86 x 12.7 x 11.43 cm)
(H x W x D)
Guanyin is seated in meditation with left hand over the right thumbs touching seated in padmasana with both feet exposed and soles faced upwards. The removable eight lobed crowns, which was added later, is centered with an image of the seated Buddha Amitabha. The figure is wearing a three part robe with the top of the garment draped over the shoulders. The eyes are downcast under curved arched eyebrows which meet at the bridge of the nose above pursed lips. The lips, nose, eyes and eyebrows are emphasized with paint. The surface on the front is an incredible interplay of volumes consisting of feet, arms, hands, folds including circular folds around the knees, v folds between the legs, a series of four folds of the garment at the sleeves, rounded deep cut folds at the elbows, s-curving folds at the chest and other interplays between flat garments and folded garments below the shoulders at the waist and elsewhere. The entire body and crown are covered with gilt, the back and top of the crown is painted red and the entire back including the hair are painted in black. The bung in the back is closed with the original contents placed there during an eye opening ceremony.