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

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(G52) Enlivened with polychrome application, the benevolent bodhisattva seated majestically in rajalilasana astride a recumbent elephant, with her right arm resting...

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(G52) Enlivened with polychrome application, the benevolent bodhisattva seated majestically in rajalilasana astride a recumbent elephant, with her right arm resting on the raised leg, the left hand supporting the pose, her hair arranged in a high chignon behind a high foliate diadem, its petal-shaped frontal facet centred with the carved effigy of the seated Amitabha Buddha, tresses of hair looped around her pendulous lobes and flowing over her shoulders in rippling tendrils, a prominent curved hairline framing the plump face with idealized proportions, her features finely modelled, with a delicate strokes of blue-black paint indicating the curves of her eyebrows, surmounting narrow, slanted eyes inlaid with stone, with a large vermilion urna indented in the centre of her forehead her full lips pursed solemnly, she wears a multi-tiered foliate necklace, with bracelets encircling both arms, an elongated shoulder scarf draped around her arms, a brahmanic cord looped diagonally about her straight, slender torso, tied in a loose bow at the waist to secure the skirt of her dhoti, which falls gracefully to her ankles, with the curved concentric folds in the fabric in rhythm with the contours of her body.

Provenance: In a private Hong Kong collection prior to May 2006.

Height 135cm

(G52) Enlivened with polychrome application, the benevolent bodhisattva seated majestically in rajalilasana astride a recumbent elephant, with her right arm resting on the raised leg, the left hand supporting the pose, her hair arranged in a high chignon behind a high foliate diadem, its petal-shaped frontal facet centred with the carved effigy of the seated Amitabha Buddha, tresses of hair looped around her pendulous lobes and flowing over her shoulders in rippling tendrils, a prominent curved hairline framing the plump face with idealized proportions, her features finely modelled, with a delicate strokes of blue-black paint indicating the curves of her eyebrows, surmounting narrow, slanted eyes inlaid with stone, with a large vermilion urna indented in the centre of her forehead her full lips pursed solemnly, she wears a multi-tiered foliate necklace, with bracelets encircling both arms, an elongated shoulder scarf draped around her arms, a brahmanic cord looped diagonally about her straight, slender torso, tied in a loose bow at the waist to secure the skirt of her dhoti, which falls gracefully to her ankles, with the curved concentric folds in the fabric in rhythm with the contours of her body.

Provenance: In a private Hong Kong collection prior to May 2006.

Height 135cm

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