A Chinese Carved Wood Figure of Guanyin Riding a Lion, Late Ming/Early Qing Dynasty A Chinese Carved Wood Figure of Guanyin Riding a Lion, Late Ming/Early Qing Dynasty

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(G18) The bodhisattva of mercy exquisitely carved and painted, resplendent with vibrant pigments applied to the surface, the rippling hair...

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(G18) The bodhisattva of mercy exquisitely 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, 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 upright torso bedecked with elaborate multi-tiered beaded chains suspending pendants with the ruyi ymbol and florets, she sits majestically in lalitasana, upon a fearsomely depicted lion, its coat painted non-naturalistically with a startlingly vibrant azurite pigment, its heavy-lidded eyes set with stone 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 a private Hong Kong collection prior to April 2011.

Height 153 cm

(G18) The bodhisattva of mercy exquisitely 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, 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 upright torso bedecked with elaborate multi-tiered beaded chains suspending pendants with the ruyi ymbol and florets, she sits majestically in lalitasana, upon a fearsomely depicted lion, its coat painted non-naturalistically with a startlingly vibrant azurite pigment, its heavy-lidded eyes set with stone 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 a private Hong Kong collection prior to April 2011.

Height 153 cm

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