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Guanyin in Meditation on Lotus
Item No. 19411

18th - 19th Century, Buddhist, China
Wood with Polychrome
10" x 3.75" x 3"
( 25.4 x 9.525 x 7.62 cm)
(H x W x D)

This is an image of a Bodhisattva, probably Guanyin, seated in on a five-tiered lotus throne held up by a single but very thick stem. The Bodhisattva wears a rounded three-lobed crown and a gold robe with a prominent red border, as her legs are crossed in padmasana under her robes. The face is well carved, as is the crown, from which a thick ribbon of hair falls on each shoulder. The bung in the rear is open with all its contents having being removed. The lotus leeves are deeply and well carved. The lotus throne was originally covered with a lacquer that turned dark, opaque and almost black over the years, but now much of it is lost. This does not affect the beayty of the piece, however, as the carving is excellent and all the elements are in fine proportion.

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