Antique Nanhai Guanyin with Attendants and Donor, China (16218BHEM) $5900 SPECIAL PRICE

Original price was: $5,900.00.Current price is: $4,950.00.

 H: 34″    W: 12 ”    D: 15 ” SHIPPING INFORMATION REQUIRED. CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

Guanyin clearly dominates this majestic carving, in meditation and wearing  an ornate high  blue crown centered with an Amitabha Buddha in a deep arched border  topped by flat lotus leaves.This remarkable Nanhai-Guanyin  is extremely rare, unique and difficult to interpret. We have never seen a Guanyin in her cave at Putuo surrounded by with two sets of attendants, her acolytes Shan Tsai  and the Dragon Princess Longnu and a seated Taoist official/ priest or possible the donor at the apex.  This was clearly commissioned by a very wealthy donor who wished to make a spiritual statement while emphasizing his reverence and status.



This Nanhai-Guanyin sits in her cave home on the island of Putuo represented by pierced openwork, craggy surfaces and open area extending from the cave top. Guanyin’s image almost fills the cave’s opening, seated in dhyana (meditation), thumbs forming a triangle symbolizing the triratna, the Three Gems of Buddhism – the Buddha, the Dharma (Buddhas’s teaching) and the Sangha (community of monks) with eyes gazing down in peaceful concentration. Her tall blue crown with floral motifs is centered with Amitabha Buddha in a blue frame symbolizing an aureole with rays of light. Guanyin’s throne (padmapitha) has flat radiating lotus leaves on a pedestal with a round base.  As a form of ancestor-worship the donor who commissioned the piece sits on top with an official’s attire and hands obscured by a cloth with an indentation that held a votive or hu-tablet, which if a larger size was another temple donation and way for pious Buddhists to earn merit.  Donors are rarely atop a Guanyin carving are rare; they are generally in front on the side or separate images placed on the family’s altar with other Buddhist, Taoist and Popular Religion figures. Two levels of attendant pairs flank her: the upper with her two acolytes Longnu, (the Dragon Princess) on her right holding a flaming gem, and Shan Tsai (Sudhana) on her left with hands, now missing, clasped in anjali mudra of reverence and two generic attendants on the bottom. Nanhai Guanyin is a syncretic deity, one of the Great Chinese Goddesses (Irvin) who embody feminine compassionate to grant health, long life. Finely executed with paint and cracks and wood losses at the base and Shan Tsai’s hands, it is in excellent condition having survived China’s modernization. Probably on a home altar or clan temple shrine, the rear cavity indicates it was consecrated. 

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Place of Origin



Antique, Ming/Qing Dynasties


16th-18th Century

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Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 34” W: 12” D: 15”

Dimensions (metric)

: Ht: 86.36cm W: 30.45cm D: 38.1cm


21lbs 2oz


Excellent, See Descripton

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