Antique Fruit Wood Buddha Statue
Riding on Cloud
China. Circa: early 1900S'
h.19 in.(48cm) X w.7 in.(18cm) X d.5 in.(12.5cm)
Condition: filled crack line, overall good!
Yin, is the much beloved bodhisattva of infinite compassion. Traditionally popular
throughout Tibet, China Korea and Japan, this bodhisattva has become a keystone
in the traditional spiritual and folk culture of China. This Chinese antique fruit
wood statue is particularly distinguished in the graceful rendering of the misted
clouds, the goddesses’ robes and the South Sea from which she rises. It appears
that one flows effortlessly into the other in supine curves and twirls, and on
the back of statue is a serpentine ribbon of many folds. The
carving Quan-Yin herself is depicted in a graceful supine sway. Her countenance
is classically rendered, an epitome of strength, peace, compassion and balance.
She gently holds the vase of rejuvenating waters that she bestows on those who
call her name. The vase overflows with sweet nectar that brings calm, health and
well-being. The lotus which she stands above, is distinctive: The petals delicately
rendered so life-like they appear to almost be quivering in the wind.