Putuo

Putuo also known as Putuoshan or Mount Putuo, renowned for its beauty, spirituality, and natural wonders, is one of four Chinese Buddhist Mountains, each presided over by a major Buddha or Bodhisattva. It is Guanyin’s sacred mountain and her Bodhimanda, a Pali word meaning “place of enlightenment.” In the Sung Dynasty Putuo became the Guanyin’s residence in Mahayana Buddhism and by the Ming dynasty, it became the center for Guanyin worship that resulted in a new authorized manifestation of Guanyin called Nanhai Guanyin. Many carvings represent Guanyin in her cave on Mount Putuo where she spend nine years performing acts of merit, attained Buddhahood and acquired her two acolytes Shen-tsai and Lung-nu. Putuo was also considered a Sacred Taoist Mountain revered for more than 2000 years as one of the places where the Taoist pill of immortality was created.

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    Antique Nanhai Guanyin of the Southern Seas, China (16555BCK) $425

    Original price was: $450.00.Current price is: $395.00.
    H: 11.75”  W: 5.25”  D: 4.75” | FREE SHIPPING!

    In this provincial carving for private devotion on a home altar, Nanhai Guanyin sits in tranquilly in anjali mudra at her cave home on Putuo on a lotus throne set on an open lotus framed by a backdrop arch of openwork with pierced cut outs. 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. In feng shui, Guanyin statues should be in the center of the home to bring blessings to the entire home.

     

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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 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 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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