Japanese Wood Carving
and An-I-In Mudra
Koshi, Circa: early 1900S'
H 11" (28cm), W 3.5" (9cm), D 3.5"
: minor chip to fingers, o.a. very good!
exquisitely carved Kannon with superb artistry in every detail. Although the statue
has some age, the chisel cuts are still visible as the work of a consummate artist;
one who is able to portray not only the prescribed qualities and attributes of
the divine Goddess of Compassion, but who is able through the depth of his understanding
to communicate a sense of solemn reverence and a quality of divinity in the impression
of arrested movement and equipoise with which this work is imbued. From the magnificently
carved chignon and crown, the delicate hands in perfect mudra, to the flowing
scarves that descend to the base and the thin, separately modeled petals of the
lotus throne, this is an exceptional carving, full of subtlety, authentic spirit
and artistic power.