Antique Guanyin, Amitabha in Crown (16837HEM) $1495 SPECIAL PRICE

Original price was: $1,495.00.Current price is: $1,450.00.

H: 33.5″  W: 33″  D: 10″ | FOR SHIPPING INFORMATION CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

Statues like this Guanyin in the Mahayana Pure Land Buddhist tradition were especially popular during the Ming and Qing dynasties. This carving epitomizes the best of folk art spiritual traditions of provincial artisans who replaced imperial constructs with provincial depictions that combined Buddhist, Taoist and Popular Religion traditions. Humble, charming and approachable portrayals of Guanyin  like this were placed in homes and temples in provincial areas.


This standing Guanyin reflects the Mahayana Buddhism Pure Land tradition popular during the Ming and Qing dynasties which holds the belief that Guanyin guides devotees upon their death to Amitabha Buddha’s Western Paradise where they may be reborn until ready for enlightenment. This carving is a provincial folk art representation that was  placed on home altars and temples in areas outside imperial influence. She has a high crown centered with seated Amitabha Buddha surrounded by swirling florals, the circled indented urna (third eye) on her forehead would have held a cut glass and pendulous ears indicating her enlightenment.  This folk art Guanyin image is a modest, charming and approachable female with rustic attire. This syncretic figure is a true blend of Buddhist, Taoist and Popular Religion traditions, displaying a unique view of Guanyin as one of the Great Chinese Goddesses. (Irvin) Her right hand is not in an identifiable mudra and she carries an object covered by a ritual cloth in her left mainly seen in Taoist images. While the three-part attire on the front is tied at the waist and draped at different levels the carved back is different with its scalloped black top, high belt, pointed shoulder cape and layering that also show Taoist influence. Lively multicolored ribbons extend down the side and back of the pedestal rather than the traditional heavenly celestial ribbons that sometimes float above and behind the heads of enlightened and celestial beings. This unique folk-art gem is in very good condition, with typical signs of age and use – flaked pigments and faded surfaces. The front robes were repainted long ago in vivid colors, a common practice with older carvings, especially spiritual ones. Deteriorated areas of the platform have been stabilized on a frosted Acrylic stand.

Lee Irwin, “Divinity and Salvation: The Great Goddesses of China,” in Asian Folklore Studies, Indiana University, Vol. 49, 1990, pp 53-68.

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Place of Origin



Antique, Qing Dynasty


19th Century

Materials and Technique


Dimensions (inches)

H: 33.25” W: 33” D: 10”

Dimensions (metric)

H: 84.455cm W: 83.82cm D: 25.4cm


Very good, see description

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