A Chinese Carved Wooden Figure of Bodhisattva Guanyin, Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) A Chinese Carved Wooden Figure of Bodhisattva Guanyin, Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)

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An imposing depiction of Guan Yin, wearing an elaborate foliate headdress adored with the carved figure of the seated Amitabha...

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An imposing depiction of Guan Yin, wearing an elaborate foliate headdress adored with the carved figure of the seated Amitabha Buddha, the face characteristically round and jewelled, with the full mouth forming a pout under a plump upper lip, the eyes forming narrow slits with the pupils articulated in naturalistic blue-black pigment, a large urna indented in the centre of a prominent brow, a rippling hairline framing her face, her hair swept up dramatically into a high topknot, some tresses looped around the ears and flowing in tendrils about the shoulders, in rhythm with the contours of her body, wearing a multi-tiered chain necklace in the form of the ruyi symbol, her dhoti draped over her shoulders and swept diagonally across the torso her full figure with a slightly swayed hip seated in rajalilasana, her right hand resting on her raised knee, the left hand supporting the pose, the folds of the garment echoing the rhythm of her body, forming concentric ridges below the waist and down to the ankles, both of her feet exposed, with ornamental chains dangling from her skirt below the knee, traces of copper-green and vermilion discernible on areas of the wooden surface.

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

Height 146 cm 

 

An imposing depiction of Guan Yin, wearing an elaborate foliate headdress adored with the carved figure of the seated Amitabha Buddha, the face characteristically round and jewelled, with the full mouth forming a pout under a plump upper lip, the eyes forming narrow slits with the pupils articulated in naturalistic blue-black pigment, a large urna indented in the centre of a prominent brow, a rippling hairline framing her face, her hair swept up dramatically into a high topknot, some tresses looped around the ears and flowing in tendrils about the shoulders, in rhythm with the contours of her body, wearing a multi-tiered chain necklace in the form of the ruyi symbol, her dhoti draped over her shoulders and swept diagonally across the torso her full figure with a slightly swayed hip seated in rajalilasana, her right hand resting on her raised knee, the left hand supporting the pose, the folds of the garment echoing the rhythm of her body, forming concentric ridges below the waist and down to the ankles, both of her feet exposed, with ornamental chains dangling from her skirt below the knee, traces of copper-green and vermilion discernible on areas of the wooden surface.

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

Height 146 cm 

 

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