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

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(G30) With a contemplative air, magnificently rendered with vermilion, copper-green and blue-black pigments, her characteristically round face crowned with a...

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(G30) With a contemplative air, magnificently rendered with vermilion, copper-green and blue-black pigments, her characteristically round face crowned with a foliate diadem, her hair drawn back into a high chignon, with some tresses looped around the ears and flowing down in rhythm with the contours of her shoulders, she wears an intricately designed floral necklace with a variation of the ruyi symbol, bracelets and armlets encircling both arms, her brahmanic cord slung diagonally across her slender, upright body and tied at the waist to secure her dhoti, which falls in an elegant double skirt to her ankles, the folds sparingly modelled, she sits at ease in rajalilasana, her right elbow resting on the raised knee, the right hand held under the chin in vitarka mudra with the palm facing downwards, the left hand supporting the pose, seated astride a large lion, its teeth bared ferociously, offsetting the peaceful appearance of the bodhisattva.

Provenance: In a private Singaporean collection prior to March 1981.

Height 154 cm

 

(G30) With a contemplative air, magnificently rendered with vermilion, copper-green and blue-black pigments, her characteristically round face crowned with a foliate diadem, her hair drawn back into a high chignon, with some tresses looped around the ears and flowing down in rhythm with the contours of her shoulders, she wears an intricately designed floral necklace with a variation of the ruyi symbol, bracelets and armlets encircling both arms, her brahmanic cord slung diagonally across her slender, upright body and tied at the waist to secure her dhoti, which falls in an elegant double skirt to her ankles, the folds sparingly modelled, she sits at ease in rajalilasana, her right elbow resting on the raised knee, the right hand held under the chin in vitarka mudra with the palm facing downwards, the left hand supporting the pose, seated astride a large lion, its teeth bared ferociously, offsetting the peaceful appearance of the bodhisattva.

Provenance: In a private Singaporean collection prior to March 1981.

Height 154 cm

 

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