13 May 2008
A RARE GILT-LACQUERED BRONZE FIGURE OF GUANYIN
EARLY MING DYNASTY, SECOND HALF OF 15TH CENTURY
Well cast seated in dyanasana, the left hand raised in vitarka mudra and the right hand in varada mudra, both holding a trailing lotus stem growing to blossoms by the shoulders, the neck and chest adorned with jewelled garlands, the hair fashioned into a high chignon behind a five-leaf tiara, the face with a serene expression, lacquered overall in reddish gilt
12 in. (31 cm.) high
From a Roman Collection
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A very similarly modelled gilt-bronze Boddhisattva is in the Chang Foundation, Taipei, illustrated in the exhibition catalogue Buddhist Images in Gilt Metal, Taipei, 1993, no. 32, p. 78.
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