Parrot

Parrots with vivid coloring have been revered since ancient times and portrayed as ceramic roof tiles, stand-alone images, in jade, ivory and porcelain and used as a decorative motif on ceramics, textiles and paintings. Found wild in Chinese southern provinces, a Tang Emperor kept one in his palace that was so loved for mimicking voices that all parrots became known as the Divine Bird. Often housed in women’s quarters, they were said to be keepers of their secrets but also were warnings for wives to be faithful as parrots might repeat what they heard in their husband’s presence. In feng shui, they are said to draw positive energy, repel negative energy, symbolize opportunity, be the bearers of good news and, like other birds, represent freedom, long life and the wisdom of old age. Also significant in Mahayana Buddhism, the Pure Land Sutra states that the Western Paradise is inhabited by parrots and other rare birds to benefit those who achieve rebirth. A parrot is one of Guanyin’s attendants who remains with her for eternity in her cave-home on Putuo. In feng shui, they are said to draw positive energy, repel negative energy, symbolize opportunity as the bearers of good news and, like other birds, represent freedom, longevity and the wisdom of old age. Parrots are also revered throughout Indonesia, home to 85 species.

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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 Nanhai Guanyin of the Southern Seas, China (19414BLK) $750 SPECIAL PRICE

    Original price was: $750.00.Current price is: $650.00.
    H: 9.5” Dia: 4.25″ | FREE SHIPPING!

    This charming extremely well-modeled carving depicts a White Robed Nanhai Guanyin in her Cave on Mount Putuo seated on an open lotus in lalitsana below an arch of draped moss . Nanhai Guanyin was massively popular in the Ming/Qing dynasties when provincial wood images were made for home altars throughout China. She holds a scroll representing Buddhist teachings accompanied by a vial with the tears of humanity and a parrot, her constant companion.  Small home shrine Nanhai images with all these symbols are rare.

     

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    Antique Wood Nanhai Guanyin of the South Sea, China (19508BME) $595 SPECIAL PRICE

    Original price was: $595.00.Current price is: $525.00.
    H: 9.75″  W: 5″  D: 4.5″ | FREE SHIPPING!

    This enchanting carving depicts Nanhai Guanyin in her Cave on Mount Putuo seated in lalitsana, below a symbolic arch of draped moss with bright pigmentation and considerable gilt. Nanhai Guanyin was massively popular during the Ming/Qing dynasties and provincial wood images were made home altars throughout China. She holds scrolls representing the dharma and sutras, behind her is a vial with the tears of her humanity and parrot, her constant companion. Small Nanhai images with all these symbols in this  condition are very rare.

  • SOLD Antique Nanhai Guanyin of the Southern Seas with Vial and Parrot, China (16059XCKE) $1195

    $1,195.00
    H: 17.25”  W: 9”  D: 5” | FOR SHIPPING INFORMATION CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

    This remarkable spiritual work combines characteristics of provincially rendered carvings with imperially sanctioned images of Nanhai Guanyin. She sits in meditation on a backless throne on a stylized rocky outcrop flanked by twisting vertical structures holding her vial and white parrot. Her half-closed eyes glance down serenely under painted arched eyebrows. She wears an arched crown over hair looped over her ears and down her shoulders and flowing gold robes bordered in red in contrast to the flesh tones of the face, chest, and hands. Much of the pigmentation and gilt on this artfully rendered image remains. Surviving depictions of her with the vial and the filial parrot in good condition are relatively rare.

     

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  • SOLD. Antique/Vintage Porcelain Parrot, Chinese Republic (16945NRE)

    $295.00
     SOLD!         H: 9″  W: 3 ”  D: 3.5 ” | FREE SHIPPING!

    Chinese Republic ceramic parrots are commonly depiction as this one perched on an open rocky base. Porcelain parrots were produced for the domestic and export markets and sometimes sold in pairs leading some to believe they, like pairs of fish, symbolized the love and fidelity of married couples. This one has vivid polychrome colors, large eyes and stylized wings. This piece is in excellent condition.

     

  • Vintage Rice Spoon with Bird Handle, Indonesia (1229MAE) $115

    $115.00
    H: 14”  W: 4.625  D: 1.625” | FREE SHIPPING

    This vintage rice paddle or spoon from the Indonesian Island of Lombok was likely carved by a Sasak craftsman. The end of the handle is bird head, probably a parrot, with a finely carved beak and angular cuts indicating its delicate neck feathers. Parrots are revered throughout Indonesia, home to 85 species.

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