Also called the lotus position, this is a sitting posture in which the legs are crossed and the feet are placed on the opposing thighs with bare soles of the feet turned upward. It is often often in images of Buddha Shakyamuni and seated Guanyin.

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  • Antique Bodhisattva in Meditation o a Lotus Throne


    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.

  • Antique Carved Jambupati Buddha, Burma/Myanmar


    This rare elegant gilt covered Jambupati Buddha wears regal Burmese court attire with luxuriant jewelry and huge decorative flanges surrounding his multi layered elaborate faceted crown that is topped by an elongated ushnisha. Seated on a high ornate multi-tiered waisted throne in Earth Witnessing position, he looks directly at onlookers with strength and a sweet smile to emphasize his spiritual and material power.

  • Antique Jeweled Buddha Jambupati, Burma/Myanmar


    This elegant gilt covered Jambupati Buddha is seated in Burmese court attire in the earth witnessing mudra, one hand in his lap and one reaching over to touch the earth. The dazzling gilt covering his body, elaborate faceted crown with huge decorative butterfly flanges, small multi colored cut glass inset “bejeweled pieces” on his kingly garment and waisted multi-tiered throne emphasize his royal and spiritual status.  He looks directly at onlookers with confidence and a slight smile to emphasize his spiritual and material power

  • Antique Large Wood Buddha in Teaching (Vitarka) Mudra, China


    This superb, colorful and rare carved Buddha is seated in the teaching vitarka-mudra. His delicately carved serene face has a benevolent and compassionate expression with half-closed almond shaped eyes and a brightly painted bud shaped mouth with a slight smile. The slender and elegant body appears to float above gracefully flowing robes in deeply carved swirls reminiscent of clouds.  The white skin tones are emphasized by the multi-colored robe with hues of cinnabar, cobalt blue, pastel green, and black. The fine features of the face, excellent rendering of the body, and exquisite execution of the drapery  make this a truly impressive and striking image. Given its size and masterful carving and its evident importance, it should hold a place and be revered commensurate with its spirituality and artistry.

  • Antique Ming/Qing Wood Shakyamuni Buddha in Meditation, China


    This fine extremely rare Ming/Qing carving depicts Shakyamuni Buddha in meditation made from fine dense wood with much of its iridescent pigmentation. He is masterfully carved with a serene, benevolent and pensive expression with downcast eyes below arched eyebrows, and a slightly smiling mouth, tightly coiled curls surrounding his ushnisha, and his pendulous ears frame his rounded face. His plain but elegantly carved monks robe leaves his chest bare and extends over his shoulders and to his back. This is a small yet very powerful image.

  • Antique Nanhai Guanyin of the Southern Seas, China


    In this provincial carving for private devotion on a home altar, Nanhai Guanyin sits tranquilly in her cave at Putuo on a lotus throne in anjali mudra set on an open lotus, framed by a backdrop arch of openwork with pierced cut outs. As a bodhisattva, she wears a five-lobed crown and flowing robes symbolizing her regal status in contrast to her modest robes.  Few small Nanhai Guanyin figures have survived and they are highly prized.


  • Antique Nanhai Guanyin with Attendants and Donor, China


    In this rare statue Guanyin sits in meditation in her cave at Putuo with two sets of attendants placed within niches of the cave and topped by a seated Taoist official who is the donor who commissioned the statue or a priest.  She wears a blue crown decorated with floral motifs, a red base and centered with a deeply carved image of Amitabha Buddha silhouetted in a deep arched border. Her traditional three-part robe with a blue undergarment, red outer garment and blue shawl extends down to the top of her pedestal throne topped by flat stylized lotus leaves. The top attendants are her acolytes Shan Tsai on her right and the Dragon Princess Longnu on her left and below are two generic attendants.


  • Antique Nanhai Guanyin with Vial and Parrot, China


    In this elegant and vibrant carving Nanhai Guanyin sits in meditation and feet in padmasana. Her beautiful, serene face is elegantly carved in contemplation, with half-closed eyes and bud-shaped lips softly set in a welcoming and benign sweet smile. Her forehead is framed with soft curls and long hair drawn into chignon set behind her striated five-lobed crown and falling in knotted braids to her shoulders. Wearing elegant long flowing gilt and red robes, she sits on an open lotus surrounded by a vertical post with her sacred vile on her right and a parrot on the left. Antique carved Nanhai Guanyin statues with her symbols in this condition are quite wonderful and rare and impart a feeling of serenity to the environment around them.



  • Antique Wood and Lacquer Monk (Lohan), China


    This finely carved Lohan sits in meditation with covered legs in padmasana, his serene expression of inward concentration enhanced with his downcast eyes. He wears a hooded robe with a traditional shoulder ring and a cowl crossed at the neck that drapes over his shoulders, arms, and legs and has wide sleeves to the top of the plinth.  His highly decorated robes with gilt highlights are unusual, as Lohans generally wear unadorned monastic robes. The red painting and lacquer finish front and back indicate it was  intended to be viewed on all sides. This image is more youthful rather than a traditional  elderly monk.


  • Antique Wood and Lacquer Monk (Lohan), China


    This finely carved seated Lohan from Fukien Province has a characteristic serene expression of inward concentration and is seated on a backless plinth, hands in meditation and legs in padmasana. His oversized head and pendulous ears symbolize his wisdom as an enlightened being, and his angular face with deeply set heavily lidded eyes, protruding cheekbones, pursed lips, and a strong chin indicate his strength as a Lohan. An elaborate robe with wide sleeves is draped over his shoulders, arms, and legs and his sash is pulled through a wide shoulder ring indicating his status as a Lohan.


  • Earth Witnessing Bronze Buddha, Thailand


    The beautiful contemporary bronze Buddha is rendered in Thai Lopburi style in Earth Witnessing bhumisparsha mudra  and his legs in padmasana. He displays traditional characteristics of Thai Buddhas: a prominent ushnisha topped with a lotus bud finial, individual tightly curled tufts of hair, three fleshy neck rings at the neck and pendulous earlobes. He wears a simple two-part Theravada Buddhist monk’s robe that shows his religious devotion. He sits on a highly decorative pierced throne on a three footed curved base. The composition is a double triangle: the three-footed throne itself is a horizontal triangle as it recedes backward in space, and the Buddha and the throne form a vertical triangle.  The heavy statue is filled inside with a cement binder, and it is in excellent condition.


  • Ming Wood Shakyamuni Buddha on Lotus Pedestal, China


    This magnificent and rare Ming Dynasty Buddha is covered with dark lacquer and indications of the vibrant gold and red pigmentation that once enhanced this image. His beautiful face radiates serenity with its benign expression as he sits in meditation on an elaborate lotus throne.  Made to be viewed on all sides his three part monk’s robe extends with flowing sleeves over his feet and down his back. In excellent condition with minor paint losses, this rare masterpiece would enhance any environment with its spiritual energy and beauty.

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