Carved Box Wood Statue
and Golden Boy
Circa: Showa, mid 1900s'
6.25 in.(16cm), W 2.5 in.(6.5cm), D 1.25 in.(3cm)
Condition: very good!
exquisitely carved boxwood sculpture depicts Kannon the embodiment of compassion.
She is dressed in full robes, eyes downcast in serene meditation, holding a large
lotus stem in hand, and seated in Royal Ease with one foot above a large lotus
flower. Above her left shoulder, a phoenix (with inlaid eye) is hovering in the
cloud, and below her feet, within the wrapped lotus leaf sits the acolyte Sudhana
in adoration gesture. The carving is clearly inspired by one of the most cherished
prototype of the Compassionate Budhisattva Quan Yin in China since 7th century.
Signed by the carver Eimasa, this relatively small and tactile statue is well
suited as a traveling shrine.