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

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(G76) A particularly fine portrayal of the bodhisattva of compassion and mercy, resplendent with detailed polychrome application, seated at ease in...

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(G76) A particularly fine portrayal of the bodhisattva of compassion and mercy, resplendent with detailed polychrome application, seated at ease in lalitasana, the face with characteristically idealized features surmounted by a high reticulated foliate diadem centred with the carved effigy of the Amitabha Buddha seated in dhyanasana atop a lotus flower-head, her hair with applied naturalistic blue-black pigment, drawn into an elaborate high chignon, with twisted tresses looped around her pendulous lobes and trailing in rippling tendrils over her level shoulders, her round face with harmonised features framed by a curved hairline, a large urna indented in the centre of her forehead, between high eyebrows, overarching narrow, slanted eyes with the gaze humbly downcast, her full lips with applied vermilion pigment set in a soft pout, radiating utter serenity, garlanded with a double-tiered foliate necklet, her shoulders draped in fluttering scarves, a brahmanic chord slung diagonally across her torso and fastened in a loose bow around her slender waist, securing the expansive skirt of her dhoti, the folds in the fabric rendered in concentric curves, with both her feet exposed.

Provenance: In the private collection of Mohinda Dharmapala, Sri Lanka, prior to May 1984.

Height 115 cm

(G76) A particularly fine portrayal of the bodhisattva of compassion and mercy, resplendent with detailed polychrome application, seated at ease in lalitasana, the face with characteristically idealized features surmounted by a high reticulated foliate diadem centred with the carved effigy of the Amitabha Buddha seated in dhyanasana atop a lotus flower-head, her hair with applied naturalistic blue-black pigment, drawn into an elaborate high chignon, with twisted tresses looped around her pendulous lobes and trailing in rippling tendrils over her level shoulders, her round face with harmonised features framed by a curved hairline, a large urna indented in the centre of her forehead, between high eyebrows, overarching narrow, slanted eyes with the gaze humbly downcast, her full lips with applied vermilion pigment set in a soft pout, radiating utter serenity, garlanded with a double-tiered foliate necklet, her shoulders draped in fluttering scarves, a brahmanic chord slung diagonally across her torso and fastened in a loose bow around her slender waist, securing the expansive skirt of her dhoti, the folds in the fabric rendered in concentric curves, with both her feet exposed.

Provenance: In the private collection of Mohinda Dharmapala, Sri Lanka, prior to May 1984.

Height 115 cm

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