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Antique Guanyin in Meditation on a Tiered Lotus Throne (16959WRK) SPECIAL PRICE $415

Original price was: $495.00.Current price is: $415.00.

H: 9.5 ”    W:4.25  ”    D: 3.375 ”    |FREE SHIPPING WITHIN CONTINENTAL U.S.!

This delicate Pure Land school Guanyin in meditation sits on a remarkable, intricate and unique throne. Held up by a lotus stem in the center and surrounded by 9 lotus stems and flowers around the outside, it rests on  a footed base. With fine details and faded gilt surface it creates an aura of serenity and peace.

Description

This delicate Mahayana Pure Land Buddhism Guanyin sits in meditation (dhyana mudra) representing concentration and peace hands in lap and legs crossed in lotus position (padmasana). Guanyin’s (Sanskrit Padmapani meaning “born of the lotus”) close association with the lotus is seen on her complex two-part throne. Resting on a footed base, the lotus throne is held up by 9 lotuses, 8 with long stems and flat leaves. Only enlightened beings are depicted on a lotus, the Buddhist symbol of purity and the potential for all beings to achieve enlightenment. She wears a 5-lobed crown reflecting her stature as Buddhist royalty, 3-part robes covered with red for blessings and gilt for prosperity. In Pure Land Buddhism, Guanyin places departed devotees in a lotus and guides them to the Western Pure Land Paradise (Sukhāvatī). During the late Ming and Qing dynasties, Guanyin became a cult figure, especially among commoners in Southern China in rural provincial regions. Local artisans created wood images placed in temples and home altars in most homes. These modest images create a new, humble folk-art genre. The closed cavity with its original cover (bung) indicates it was consecrated in an eye-opening ceremony by a Buddhist monk. Generally the covering and enclosed items were removed when the pieces were retired. The piece is in very good condition for its age with the dark exterior and gilt losses a result of the lacquer darkening naturally over time and smoke from incense and candle offerings.

 

Additional information

Place of Origin

China

Period

Antique, Qing Dynasty

Materials and Technique

Wood

Date

18-19th Century

Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 9.5” W: 4.25” D: 3.375”

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 24.13cm W: 10.79cm D: 8.57cm

Weight

12oz

Condition

Very good, see description

Item Number

16959WRK