Antique Small Guanyin on a Radiating Lotus, China (16534MSK) $595


H: 8.675″  Dia: 4.5″ | Free SHIPPING!

This delicate small carving of seated White-Robed-Guanyin in meditation is carved in the round with fine details on all sides. Her face with downcast eyes is calm and serene, and she sits on a two-tiered radiating lotus-throne with her elegantly carved hooded robe flowing to the top of the base in lyrically curving patterns. Small, important and beautiful, this image was placed on a home altar with other Buddhist statues and house gods. It is mounted on a frosted acrylic base.


Guanyin means “she who observes the sounds or cries of the world” and in Sanskrit she is named Padmapani or “born of the lotus.” She is one of the Three Great Chinese Goddesses (Irwin). During the Late Ming and Qing Dynasties in rural provincial regions and especially Southern China, Guanyin became a syncretic cult figure embraced by Taoism and Popular Religion devotees who placed local artisan crafted images of her on a personal home altar. These Guanyin images were were portrayed as modest wood statues with hooded robes, called White-Robed-Guanyin, representing the simplicity of the flow of life that nurtures all beings rather than from more precious materials such as bronze and marble. This enchanting Mahayana antique-Chinese-wood-carving depicts her seated on a radiating lotus throne (padmapitha) in meditation (dhyana mudra) as a humble, modest, relatable and accessible, yet beautiful matronly figure familiar to illiterate populations who enjoyed the many tales and legends about the exploits and deeds of their favorite bodhisattva. Despite expected cracks on head, front base, other minor cracks and chips and two pieces of rear base that were reattached long ago  this fine carving is in very good condition for its age and use retaining the original bright red and lacquer and traces of gilt highlights. It is mounted on a modern uniquely crafted frosted Acrylic base.

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

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 6 in
Place of Origin



Antique, Qing Dynasty


18-19th Century

Materials and Technique


Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 8.675” Dia: 4.5”

Dimensions (metric)

: Ht: 22.03cm Dia: 11.43cm


14.7 oz


Very good, see description

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