A Chinese Carved Wood Figure of Bodhisattva Guanyin, Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) A Chinese Carved Wood Figure of Bodhisattva Guanyin, Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)

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Graceful and composed, the benevolent bodhisattva depicted with an expression and physicality of effortless serenity, the round face with soft...

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Graceful and composed, the benevolent bodhisattva depicted with an expression and physicality of effortless serenity, the round face with soft features lovingly carved and idealized, the gentle contours of the arched eyebrows highlighting the sharply articulated forward-gazing eyes with inlaid stone, her full lips forming a soft pout, a large urna indented in the centre of her forehead, the rippling hair framing the serene face, swept back dramatically into a high chignon, tendrils looped around the ears and some wavy tresses flowing across he shoulders in rhythm with the folds of the dhoti, crowned with an elegant diadem with foliate scrolls, centred by the carved figure of Amitabha seated in dhyanasana, she wears a multi-tiered floral necklace bearing a version of the vajra symbol the brahmanic cord tied diagonally across her torso and around her waist, securing the graceful double skirt of her dhoti, the carved folds following the contours of the body, seated in rajalilasana, one arm extended with the hand in vitarka mudra, the other supporting the pose, polychrome application. 

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

Height 130 cm 

 

Graceful and composed, the benevolent bodhisattva depicted with an expression and physicality of effortless serenity, the round face with soft features lovingly carved and idealized, the gentle contours of the arched eyebrows highlighting the sharply articulated forward-gazing eyes with inlaid stone, her full lips forming a soft pout, a large urna indented in the centre of her forehead, the rippling hair framing the serene face, swept back dramatically into a high chignon, tendrils looped around the ears and some wavy tresses flowing across he shoulders in rhythm with the folds of the dhoti, crowned with an elegant diadem with foliate scrolls, centred by the carved figure of Amitabha seated in dhyanasana, she wears a multi-tiered floral necklace bearing a version of the vajra symbol the brahmanic cord tied diagonally across her torso and around her waist, securing the graceful double skirt of her dhoti, the carved folds following the contours of the body, seated in rajalilasana, one arm extended with the hand in vitarka mudra, the other supporting the pose, polychrome application. 

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

Height 130 cm 

 

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