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

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(G60) A charming portrayal of the bodhisattva of compassion sitting on a qilin, enlivened with polychrome application, adorned with an elegant...

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(G60) A charming portrayal of the bodhisattva of compassion sitting on a qilin, enlivened with polychrome application, adorned with an elegant high diadem composed of foliate scrolls, with her hair arranged elaborately into a high looped chignon, the hair enhanced with naturalistic blue-black pigment, some tresses looped around her pendulous lobes and flowing in tendrils over her shoulders, the curved hairline framing her serene face with pleasingly harmonised features, a large vermilion urna mark in the centre of her forehead, with fine strokes of blue-black paint indicating the graceful arches of her eyebrows, curving over her half-closed, almond-shaped eyes, the plump red lips pursed gently, the face radiating dignity and benevolence, she wears a necklet in the form of the ruyi symbol against her bare chest, with bracelets encircling her wrists, her shoulders enveloped in a fluttering vermilion shawl, the skirt of her dhoti falling gracefully to her ankles, the curved concentric folds sparingly modelled, with both her feet exposed, she sits in rajalilasana atop a hooved qilin, its grotesque face with bared teeth twisted back towards the bodhisattva, its contorted features in stark contrast to her composed expression, the eyes of the chimerical beast inlaid with stone, all set upon a flat wooden plinth.

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

Height 142 cm

(G60) A charming portrayal of the bodhisattva of compassion sitting on a qilin, enlivened with polychrome application, adorned with an elegant high diadem composed of foliate scrolls, with her hair arranged elaborately into a high looped chignon, the hair enhanced with naturalistic blue-black pigment, some tresses looped around her pendulous lobes and flowing in tendrils over her shoulders, the curved hairline framing her serene face with pleasingly harmonised features, a large vermilion urna mark in the centre of her forehead, with fine strokes of blue-black paint indicating the graceful arches of her eyebrows, curving over her half-closed, almond-shaped eyes, the plump red lips pursed gently, the face radiating dignity and benevolence, she wears a necklet in the form of the ruyi symbol against her bare chest, with bracelets encircling her wrists, her shoulders enveloped in a fluttering vermilion shawl, the skirt of her dhoti falling gracefully to her ankles, the curved concentric folds sparingly modelled, with both her feet exposed, she sits in rajalilasana atop a hooved qilin, its grotesque face with bared teeth twisted back towards the bodhisattva, its contorted features in stark contrast to her composed expression, the eyes of the chimerical beast inlaid with stone, all set upon a flat wooden plinth.

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

Height 142 cm

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