Sutra

In Buddhism, sutras are the scriptures of the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha that were memorized by his disciples and latter recorded in written form in Pali (called suttas) and Sanskrit which are the basic cannons of Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism. The most significant Theravada suttas are in Tipitaka cannon (“Triple Basket”) with the discourses of the historical Buddha. In Mahayana Buddhism the most famous sutras with important concepts are the Lotus Sutra, Perfection of Wisdom Sutra, Heart Sutra and the Land of Bliss” Sutra. Revered for its beauty, the Lotus Sutra, is in verse and describes how the Buddha became the divine Buddha who attained Enlightenment and taught the Dharma. Chapter 25 – which became its own chapter – focuses on Guanyin “the one who perceives the cries of the world” who protects the world in the time Buddha Shakyamuni’s departure and the appearance of the future Buddha, Maitreya. It describes her 33 manifestations and how she teaches the Dharma to relieve suffering and her miraculous deeds such as granting children to infertile women. As described in the Pure Land Sutras, if upon death a person calls the name of Amitabha with unswerving faith and concentration, Guanyin as the “Bodhisattva Guide of the Souls” will lead him or her to the Western Paradise. She also appears in the Heart Sutras discussing her acolytes Sudhana (Shancai) and Longnü. Lalitavistara Sutra states the significance of the Lotus in Buddhism: “…the spirit of man can be spotless, like the new lotus in the muddy water which does not adhere to it.”

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    Antique Carving of Guanyin with a Child, China (5301HEM ) $2,250

    Original price was: $2,250.00.Current price is: $1,950.00.
    Ht: 26”  W: 10.25” D: 7.5″ | FOR SHIPPING INFORMATION CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

    This rare, sensitive and beautifully carved image probably depicts Guanyin the Bodhisattva of Compassion and Mercy holding a young child’s hand glancing down with compassion and tenderness while he looks up at her for assurance and protection. This unique provincial Popular Religion carving depicts her as humble, engaging and modestly clad with a serene softness. It is similar to but different from Songzi Guanyin, the “Child-Giving Guanyin” to whom couples pray to become fertile and to bear a son.

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    Antique Guanyin with Amitabha in Crown, China (16380B-LOK) $1300 SPECIAL PRICE

    Original price was: $1,300.00.Current price is: $1,200.00.
    H: 13.75”  W: 7”  D: 4.5” | FOR SHIPPING INFORMATION CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

    This  delicately detailed Guanyin statue seated in meditation on a two-tiered backless throne has flowing braids, simple necklace, and voluminous robes indicate her regal status, while her pendulous ears, compassionate downcast eyes, serene contemplative expression, and calm smile symbolize her enlightened status. The image’s distinguishing feature is its deeply carved three-part diadem (crown) centered with a carved Amitabha Buddha on lotus throne surrounded by an aureole.

     

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    Antique Guanyin with Lobed Crown, China (16151LME) $475 SPECIAL PRICE

    Original price was: $475.00.Current price is: $425.00.
    H: 11.625″  W: 5.325″  D: 4.25″  | FREE SHIPPING!

    Made for placement on a home altar, this small Guanyin sits in lotus position (padmasana) feet upward and exposed, hands clasped in anjali mudra of prayer, reverence, respect. With a full face and downcast eyes, she is depicted in modest provincial style with symbols of her bodhisattva status: a 5-lobed diadem, hair in a chignon, braids draping down her shoulders, and a flowing robe. Her pendulous ears are a sign of wisdom, her ability to hear the cries of sentient beings, and her spiritual awakening. It is covered with gilt as a sign of her enlightened status.

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    Antique Ming Songzi Guanyin, Bestower of Children, China (16057BAK) $1350 SPECIAL PRICE

    Original price was: $1,350.00.Current price is: $1,295.00.
    H: 11”  W: 5.75”  D: 5.125” | FREE SHIPPING

    This very rare and fine 16th century home shrine image displays the benign and compassionate countenance of Songzi Guanyin the “Bestower of Children.”  With round face and joyful half-closed and eyes, she looks lovingly at the child whose arm is draped over hers.and leans slightly forward,  wearing a 5- lobed crown centered with a camellia flower a Chinese symbol of young sons and daughters. The inscription on the back dates the piece to 1521-1567

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    Antique Nanhai Guanyin of the South Sea Holding a Scroll, China (16420LKE) SPECIAL PRICE

    Original price was: $1,550.00.Current price is: $1,350.00.
    H: 15.25″  W: 7.5″  D: 6.5″ |SHIPPING INFORMATION REQUIRED. CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

    Masterfully carved, this Nanhai Guanyin sits in lalitsana holding a scroll representing the Lotus Sutra. This finely sensitive provincial carving portrays her as a modest mature compassionate goddess in serene repose, with a delicate face  half-closed almond eyes, pursed lips, and full cheeks. Mounted on a frosted acrylic base, it is a wonderful carving to enhance any meditative space.

     

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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.

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