Dhyana Mudra

Dhyana Mudra (禅定印 / 禪定印), called the Meditation Mudra, it is the hand position the Buddha assumed when meditating under the Bodhi tree before attaining enlightenment or spiritual perfection and thus is considered the symbol of the attainment of spiritual perfection. Both hands are in his lap, right atop the left, palms upward and thumbs touching, a gesture denoting perfect physical and spiritual balance. The Chinese call this position the Hundred Billion Human Manifestations (Ch’ien Pai Yi Hua-shen) that was based upon Indian models carried to China through central Asia. Often the thumbs touch at the tips forming a triangle which symbolizes the Triratna or the Three Jewels of Buddhism: the Buddha, the Dharma (the Buddhas teachings) and the Sangha (the religious community of monks). It is the most represented pose in Mahayana Buddhism during the Ming through Qing dynasties. As the most revered bodhisattva, Guanyin is often shown in dhyana mudra.

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    Antique Guanyin Held Up by Demons, China (16208VRKE) $5800 SPECIAL PRICE

    Original price was: $5,800.00.Current price is: $4,700.00.
    H: 45″ W: 17.75″  D: 11.5″ | FOR SHIPPING INFORMATION CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

    This outstanding Guanyin  carving is extremely rare and displays a wonderful earthy blend of Mahayana and Tantric (Tibetan) Buddhism and spiritual and folk traditions that resonated with provincial populations. She sits on a lotus above a hexagonal throne right raised in abhaya mudra, lobed crown  centered with the Amitabha Buddha inside an aureole. The four agonized creatures struggling to hold the calm Guanyin on their shoulders is a unique Tantric visual representation of the triumph of Buddhism over ignorance.  With its admonitions about greed, aversion and ignorance it is a great metaphor for our times. 

     

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    Antique Guanyin in Meditation, China (16955BME) $425 SPECIAL PRICE

    Original price was: $425.00.Current price is: $350.00.
    H: 9.75″  W: 5.625″  D: 3.75″ | FREE SHIPPING!

    In this provincial carving made for personal use, Guanyin the Bodhisattva of Compassion who hears the cries of all beings, sits in meditation with  flowing robes, half closed eyes, a round face and a slight smile, the embodiment of  loving-kindness.  Her 5-lobed crown is centered with radiating lines symbolizing the aureole of the Amitabha Buddha of Infinite Light.

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    Antique Guanyin on Elaborate Lotus Throne, China (19536BKE) $695 SPECIAL PRICE

    Original price was: $695.00.Current price is: $620.00.
    H: 14.5”  W: 5.5”  D: 4.25” | FREE SHIPPING

    Guanyin’s elegance, compassion and serenity are emphasized in this graceful antique provincial carving. Portrayed in meditation with flowing robes on a majestic three-tiered lotus throne she was designed for personal veneration in a home setting.

     

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    Antique Guanyin with Crown in Meditation, China (16467PRK) $495 SPECIAL PRICE

    Original price was: $495.00.Current price is: $425.00.
    Ht: 10.5”  W: 5.5”  D: 4” | FREE SHIPPING in continental u.s.!

    Guanyin is portrayed in this gilt and lacquer carving seated on a lotus with her hands in the lap in meditation mudra  atop a decorative footed stand in elegantly draped robes. In this regal form, she wears a 5-lobe crown with a cross hatch design in the center while her hair rests atop her head in a bun encircled within the crown.

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    Antique Guanyin with Lobed Crown, China (16744WHK) $395 SPECIAL PRICE

    Original price was: $395.00.Current price is: $325.00.
    H: 8.25″    W: 4.5 ”    D: 3 ”    | FREE SHIPPING!

    The delicately carved antique Guanyin sits in dhyana (meditation) her head bent in serene peacefulness. The unusually large back cavity indicates it was consecrated by a Buddhist monk in an eye-opening ceremony and placed on a home altar.  Masterful yet simple, this provincial image brings quiet energy to its surroundings and imparts a sense of serenity and peace.

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    Antique Guanyin with Vial and Parrot, China (16246XLOK) $1450 SPECIAL PRICE

    Original price was: $1,450.00.Current price is: $1,195.00.
    H: 15.5″  W: 6″  D: 5.25″ | for shipping information contact us at  213-568-3030

    In this elegant and vibrant carving Guanyin sits in meditation. her beautiful, serene face elegantly carved in contemplation withbud-shaped lips softly set in a welcoming and benign sweet smile wearing a five-lobed crown. She sits on an open lotus with a vertical post at her sides; her sacred vial on her right and a parrot on the left. Antique carved i Guanyin statues with her symbols in this condition are quite wonderful and rare and impart a feeling of serenity to the environment around them.

     

     

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    Antique Guanyin, Dhyani Buddhas in Crown, China (16123BLEM) $4350 SPECIAL PRICE

    Original price was: $4,350.00.Current price is: $3,950.00.
    H: 27.5″  W: 13.5″  D: 10.25″ | FOR SHIPPING INFORMATION CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

    This antique carving is a magnificent example of provincial Buddhist statues made by local artisans.This serene exquisitely carved Guanyin sits on a  detached pedestal base in meditation. Made to be seen in the round, she wears a traditional three part garment with delicate incised leaves and leaf motifs on the front, back, and sleeves.  The gentle, sweet face is soft and set in a peaceful and calming half smile. Her high pointed crown depicts the Five Tantric Dhyani Buddhas, which we have rarely seen in Guanyin provincial images. .

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  • Antique Jeweled Buddha Jambupati, Burma/Myanmar (3286DOSE)

    $2,575.00
    H: 25.5”  W: 9.75”  D: 5” | CALL 213-568-3030 FOR SHIPPING

    This elegant Jambupati Buddha is seated in lavish gilt court attire in  Earth Witnessing mudra, one hand in his lap and one reaching over to touch the earth. Dazzling gilt covers his body, elaborate crown with butterfly flanges and his kingly garment that is “bejeweled” with  multi- colored cut glass inset  pieces. His multi-tiered throne emphasizes his royal status. He looks directly at onlookers with confidence and a slight smile to emphasize his spiritual and material power.

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  • Antique Ming/Qing Wood Shakyamuni Buddha in Meditation, China (16089BMEM) $3400

    $3,400.00
    H: 14”  W: 9.375”  D: 7.25” | FOR SHIPPING INFORMATION CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

    This fine rare Ming/Qing carving depicts Shakyamuni Buddha in meditation is made from fine dense wood with much of its iridescent pigmentation. He is masterfully carved with a serene, benevolent and pensive expression wearing plain but elegantly carved monks robes. This spiritual piece is a small yet very powerful image.

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    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.

     

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    Antique Nanhai Guanyin with Aureole and Acolytes, China (16428LMK) $795

    Original price was: $720.00.Current price is: $595.00.
    H: 22.25”  W: 7.25 ”  D: 5” | FOR SHIPPING INFORMATION CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

    Nanhai Guanyin sits in meditation on a pedestal framed by a large mandorla with her two acolytes (one deteriorated) with a benign expression with half-closed eyes, pursed smiling lips, pendulous ears, and a crown with an image of Buddha Amitabha. Most Buddhist carvings suffered severe damage during China’s modernization and antique Guanyin images with her attendants are very rare.

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    Antique Silver Toned Guanyin in Meditation, China (16082XSKE) $3375

    Original price was: $3,375.00.Current price is: $2,985.00.
    H: 17.5″  W: 10.25″   D: 8.75″ | FOR SHIPPING INFORMATION CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

    This exquisite 18th-century statue is a Bodhisattva, probably Guanyin  seated in meditation hands gently resting in her lap and feet in padmasana.  She is a beautiful young woman, unpretentious yet elegant  with smooth, gentle flowing lines that creates an air of peaceful spirituality. Every strand of her hair and bun is carved with definition, and in perfect order. The original polychrome and lacquer finish has transformed into a glowing silver hue with a soft patina.

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