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

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(G70) A charming portrayal of the benevolent bodhisattva seated in lalitasana on a recumbent elephant, resplendent with polychrome application, her head...

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(G70) A charming portrayal of the benevolent bodhisattva seated in lalitasana on a recumbent elephant, resplendent with polychrome application, her head surmounted with a tall foliate diadem, her hair arranged into an elaborate high chignon, with twisted tresses looped around her pendulous lobes and trailing in splayed tendrils over her shoulders, a curved hairline framing her plump face with its idealized features, a large urna mark indented in the centre of her forehead, between the high arches of her eyebrows, curved over heavy-lidded, slanted eyes, her plump lips solemnly pursed, a broad floral collar encircling her neck, her shoulders draped in a shawl with traces of copper-green and vermilion pigments, the skirt of her dhoti tied around her upright waist and falling in a long copper-green skirt to her ankles, the fabric of her skirt draped over the haunches of the animal, creating a pleasing continuity of form, the elephant without tusks, with its trunk curled inwards, its eyes articulated, all set upon a flat wooden plinth, with traces of gold pigment.

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

Height 107 cm

(G70) A charming portrayal of the benevolent bodhisattva seated in lalitasana on a recumbent elephant, resplendent with polychrome application, her head surmounted with a tall foliate diadem, her hair arranged into an elaborate high chignon, with twisted tresses looped around her pendulous lobes and trailing in splayed tendrils over her shoulders, a curved hairline framing her plump face with its idealized features, a large urna mark indented in the centre of her forehead, between the high arches of her eyebrows, curved over heavy-lidded, slanted eyes, her plump lips solemnly pursed, a broad floral collar encircling her neck, her shoulders draped in a shawl with traces of copper-green and vermilion pigments, the skirt of her dhoti tied around her upright waist and falling in a long copper-green skirt to her ankles, the fabric of her skirt draped over the haunches of the animal, creating a pleasing continuity of form, the elephant without tusks, with its trunk curled inwards, its eyes articulated, all set upon a flat wooden plinth, with traces of gold pigment.

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

Height 107 cm

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