Antique Guanyin in Meditation, China (16955BME)


H: 9.75″  W: 5.625″  D: 3.75″

Guanyin is portrayed here on a backless seat in meditation with her legs in a lotus position covered with her flowing robes.  In this provincial rendering her simple 3-lobed crown contains radiating markings and identifying features include a chignon behind a simple three-lobed crown, braids down her shoulders, a round full face in a smile with half closed eyes framed by pendulous ear, voluminous three-part robes and a long simple flat necklace.



Guanyin, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, is one of the most beloved Mahayana Buddhist deities, the embodiment of  loving-kindness who hears the cries of all beings, and who is one of the Great Chinese Goddesses – who are compassionate protectors who grant health, long life and safety to all devotees regardless of their social position. During the Qing dynasty, small syncretic images of Guanyin like this antique-Chinese-wood-carving were commissioned by provincial artisans that were more folk-like than regal to place on a home altar along with other Buddhist, Taoist, and Chinese Popular Religion statues. This image is in dhyana mudra (meditation) representing the attainment of spiritual perfection or enlightenment.  It is a Pure Land Buddhist image, her 3-lobed crown has radiating bars symbolizing the aureole of Amitabha Buddha representing the flames of Buddhism which symbolizes the moment of his enlightenment. Guanyin is especially revered by women, as she possesses the power to save women from physical, emotional, and social suffering. The back cavity sealed with its bung indicates it was consecrated. Much of the original polychrome, gilt and lacquer that covers the front and back remain, and it is in good condition with an aged patina, expected minor paint and lacquer losses, scratches, cracks and old insect damage consistent with its age. This carving is part of the VA Spiritual-and-Inspirational Collection of Buddhist-Art.

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Additional information

Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 14 × 10 × 6 in
Place of Origin



18-19th Century


Antique, Qing Dynasty

Materials and Technique

Wood, polychrome, lacquer

Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 9.75” W: 5.625” D: 3.75”

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 24.765cm W: 14.2875cm D: 9.525cm


1 lb 4 oz


Good condition, see description

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