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

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(G59) Resplendent with polychrome application, the bodhisattva of compassion portrayed in the graceful seated posture of rajalilasana, her right forearm resting...

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(G59) Resplendent with polychrome application, the bodhisattva of compassion portrayed in the graceful seated posture of rajalilasana, her right forearm resting on the raised knee with the hand in a variation of vitarka mudra, the left hand supporting the pose, her head crowned with an elaborate floral diadem, centred by a large flower-head, the hair twisted back into an elegant high chignon, enhanced with naturalistic blue-black pigment, with twisted tresses looped around her pendulous lobes and flowing in rippling tendrils over her shoulders, the prominent curved hairline framing her idealized face, with a large vermilion urna indented in the centre of her forehead, fine strokes of blue-black pigment indicating the graceful curves of her eyebrows, arching over half-closed, heavy-lidded eyes, their gaze humbly downcast, her plump lips enhanced with vermilion pigment and set in a gentle pout, festooned with an intricate necklace bearing a variation of the vajra symbol, wearing an elongated shoulder scarf, with armlets and bracelets encircling both arms, a brahmanic cord looped diagonally across her voluptuous torso and fastened at the waist in a loose bow, securing her dhoti so that it falls in a voluminous double-skirt to her ankles, the graceful folds in the fabric echoing the rhythm of her body, with both feet exposed.

Provenance: In the private collection of the Choy family, Hong Kong, from 1938 until being purchased in 2006.

Height 202 cm

(G59) Resplendent with polychrome application, the bodhisattva of compassion portrayed in the graceful seated posture of rajalilasana, her right forearm resting on the raised knee with the hand in a variation of vitarka mudra, the left hand supporting the pose, her head crowned with an elaborate floral diadem, centred by a large flower-head, the hair twisted back into an elegant high chignon, enhanced with naturalistic blue-black pigment, with twisted tresses looped around her pendulous lobes and flowing in rippling tendrils over her shoulders, the prominent curved hairline framing her idealized face, with a large vermilion urna indented in the centre of her forehead, fine strokes of blue-black pigment indicating the graceful curves of her eyebrows, arching over half-closed, heavy-lidded eyes, their gaze humbly downcast, her plump lips enhanced with vermilion pigment and set in a gentle pout, festooned with an intricate necklace bearing a variation of the vajra symbol, wearing an elongated shoulder scarf, with armlets and bracelets encircling both arms, a brahmanic cord looped diagonally across her voluptuous torso and fastened at the waist in a loose bow, securing her dhoti so that it falls in a voluminous double-skirt to her ankles, the graceful folds in the fabric echoing the rhythm of her body, with both feet exposed.

Provenance: In the private collection of the Choy family, Hong Kong, from 1938 until being purchased in 2006.

Height 202 cm

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