Chinese Bronze Statue
Headed Guan Yin
China. Circa: 19th Century and earlier
9.5 in.(24cm), W 2.75 in.(7cm), D 3 in.(7.5cm)
finely cast small statue of excellent preservation, green malachite over naturally
aged surface patina typical of older bronzes. Guan Yin, the Bodhisattva of compassion,
standing on a all rounded nine petals lotus, her left hand upraised to hold a
vase of nectar, right hand was once holding a lotus flower, (missing attribute.)
She wears a crown of nine small heads, towering with the head of Amitabha Buddha.
She stands in a samapada pose, eyes cast down, her robes falling in wavelike loops
and folds to her feet. The figure is classically proportioned, stylistically appears
to be Tang (618-907 AD); though we conservatively attributed its age to be around
19th century or earlier.
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