A Carved Wooden Figure of Guanyin Riding a Lion, Late Ming/early Qing period A Carved Wooden Figure of Guanyin Riding a Lion, Late Ming/early Qing period

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(G28) The bodhisattva of mercy delicately carved and painted, resplendent with vibrant pigments applied to the surface, the rippling hair coloured...

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(G28) The bodhisattva of mercy delicately carved and painted, resplendent with vibrant pigments applied to the surface, the rippling hair coloured with a naturalistic blue-black pigment, the characteristically round face painted with flesh-pink pigment, set upon a long slender neck, the fine features idealized and set in a pensive expression, the narrow eyes set with stone, the straight slender body draped in a dhoti of copper-green and vermilion, adorned with similarly pigmented fluttering scarves, her bare, upright torso bedecked with elaborate multi-tiered beaded chains suspending pendants with the ruyi symbol and florets, she sits majestically in lalitasana, upon a fearsomely depicted lion, its heavy-lidded eyes beneath prominent bushy eyebrows ending in a tight curlicue, the beast bares its teeth gruesomely, the horrific expression of the lion offsetting the calm countenance of the bodhisattva, with the tight scrolls of its mane lining the jowls, its claws dramatically sharpened, the whole set upon a wooden plinth.

Provenance: In the Choy collection, Hong Kong, from 1938 until being purchased in November 2007

Height 156 cm

(G28) The bodhisattva of mercy delicately carved and painted, resplendent with vibrant pigments applied to the surface, the rippling hair coloured with a naturalistic blue-black pigment, the characteristically round face painted with flesh-pink pigment, set upon a long slender neck, the fine features idealized and set in a pensive expression, the narrow eyes set with stone, the straight slender body draped in a dhoti of copper-green and vermilion, adorned with similarly pigmented fluttering scarves, her bare, upright torso bedecked with elaborate multi-tiered beaded chains suspending pendants with the ruyi symbol and florets, she sits majestically in lalitasana, upon a fearsomely depicted lion, its heavy-lidded eyes beneath prominent bushy eyebrows ending in a tight curlicue, the beast bares its teeth gruesomely, the horrific expression of the lion offsetting the calm countenance of the bodhisattva, with the tight scrolls of its mane lining the jowls, its claws dramatically sharpened, the whole set upon a wooden plinth.

Provenance: In the Choy collection, Hong Kong, from 1938 until being purchased in November 2007

Height 156 cm

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