Antique Polychrome Monk on Stand, China (16328CSE)


H: 23.25″  W: 31.75″  D: 9″

This serene and meditational figure represents a Mahayana Buddhist monk on a backless chair, right leg crossed and held by his left hand, and his right hand palms out with elegantly carved fingers in a sign of blessing.  With his gentle features – eyes half-closed looking down and his mouth set in a slight sweet smile, enlarged ear lobes of an enlightened being – and softly flowing robe he brings a peaceful and meditative spirt to any space. Made to be viewed in the round, most of the original pastel pigmentation of greens, browns and beige and black remains. It mounted on a custom black wood stand.


Monks, called Bhikkus, have had a significant role in Buddhism since its inception, and its monasticism is one of the earliest surviving forms of institutional organization of monks in history. Monks and nuns (Bhikkunis) of local Mahayana Buddhist monastic communities collectively are called the Sangha and are responsible for teaching and preserving the Buddhist principles (the Dharma) and guiding followers towards the path of Enlightenment. They are portrayed with humble monks-robes, shaved heads and pendulous ears of an enlightened being. In feng shui beliefs Buddhist-statues are placed where people meditate to receive the positive and relaxing energy to enhance concentration and faces East which represents eternal knowledge and Enlightenment. This lovely antique-Chinese-wood-carving is part of the Spiritual-and-Inspirational Collection of Buddhist-Art


Additional information

Place of Origin



Antique, Qing Dynasty


19-20th Century

Materials and Technique

Wood, polychrome

Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 23.25” W: 31.75” D: 9”

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 59cm. W: 80.65cm D: 33.86cm


14lbs 10oz


Very good, see description

Reference Number



24” to 35.9”

Shipping Box Size