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

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(G68) Exquisitely carved, the benevolent bodhisattva seated in rajalilasana upon a recumbent qilin, her left hand resting on the raised knee,...

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(G68) Exquisitely carved, the benevolent bodhisattva seated in rajalilasana upon a recumbent qilin, her left hand resting on the raised knee, the right hand supporting the pose, crowned with an intricate diadem composed of lacelike foliate scrolls, centred by the carved effigy of the seated Amitabha Buddha, enhanced with vermilion pigment, her hair coiled behind in a high looped chignon, coloured with naturalistic blue-black pigment, some tresses looped around her pendulous lobes and trailing in splayed tendrils over her shoulders, the rippling hairline dramatically rendered, framing her characteristically plump face with idealized features, her heavy-lidded eyes with their gaze downcast, beneath the soft curves of her eyebrows, her plump lips gently pursed in an expression of utter serenity, she wears an intricate multi-tiered chain necklace, with a bracelet encircling her right wrist, her shoulders enveloped in a shawl, the skirt of her dhoti fastened at the waist, the folds in the fabric dramatically rendered in concentric curves, with ornamental chains affixed to the skirt below her knees, both her feet exposed, the skirt of her dhoti draped over the haunches of the qilin, creating a continuity of form, the beast with grotesque features, baring its teeth gruesomely, wearing a broad collar lined with baubles, all set upon a flat wooden plinth, with polychrome application.

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

Height 103 cm

(G68) Exquisitely carved, the benevolent bodhisattva seated in rajalilasana upon a recumbent qilin, her left hand resting on the raised knee, the right hand supporting the pose, crowned with an intricate diadem composed of lacelike foliate scrolls, centred by the carved effigy of the seated Amitabha Buddha, enhanced with vermilion pigment, her hair coiled behind in a high looped chignon, coloured with naturalistic blue-black pigment, some tresses looped around her pendulous lobes and trailing in splayed tendrils over her shoulders, the rippling hairline dramatically rendered, framing her characteristically plump face with idealized features, her heavy-lidded eyes with their gaze downcast, beneath the soft curves of her eyebrows, her plump lips gently pursed in an expression of utter serenity, she wears an intricate multi-tiered chain necklace, with a bracelet encircling her right wrist, her shoulders enveloped in a shawl, the skirt of her dhoti fastened at the waist, the folds in the fabric dramatically rendered in concentric curves, with ornamental chains affixed to the skirt below her knees, both her feet exposed, the skirt of her dhoti draped over the haunches of the qilin, creating a continuity of form, the beast with grotesque features, baring its teeth gruesomely, wearing a broad collar lined with baubles, all set upon a flat wooden plinth, with polychrome application.

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

Height 103 cm

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