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A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF A SEATED GUANYIN
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A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF A SEATED GUANYIN

MING DYNASTY, 16TH/17TH CENTURY

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A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF A SEATED GUANYIN
MING DYNASTY, 16TH/17TH CENTURY
Shown seated in maharajalilasana with right hand resting atop the bent knee and the left hand held flat for support, wearing a necklace of beaded chains, a shawl, layered ribbon-tied skirts with finely engraved foliate scroll borders, including an overskirt with high stiff back, bangles and earrings, the hair drawn up into a topknot within a five-point openwork crown, each point centered by a seated figure of one of the five Tathagata Buddhas
18½ in. (47 cm.) high

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A similar large bodhisattva with this rather unusual twisting waist seated in the lalitasana 'royal ease' posture, is illustrated in Buddhist Images in Gilt Metal, Chang Foundation, Taipei, 1993, no. 35; and two related figures, attributed to the late Yuan or early Ming period, were recently sold in these rooms, 24 March 2004, lot 83, and 21 September 2004, lot 130.

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