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Antique Fruit Wood Buddha Statue
South Sea Kuan Yin
Seated On Mount Potalaka

Origin: China. Circa: late Oing, 19th-early 20th C

H.24 in.(61cm), W.11 in.(28cm) D.5 in.(12.5cm)

Condition: excellent!

This magnificent late Qing era fruit wood carving depicts Kuan Yin, the Chinese Bodhisattva Avolokiteshvara seated in royal ease; possibly inspired by the Hua-yen-ching Sutra (The Flower Ornament Scripture), which chronicles the travels of the pilgrim Sudhana, who after a long search finds Kuan yin sitting atop a magnificent diamond boulder, where he received the instruction from the Bodhisattva.

Fruit Wood South Sea Kuanyin back view
Private Collection
Fruit Wood South Sea Kuanyin

As depicting here, Kuan Yin is artfully rendered in a classic Tang style. She wears a long robe in swirls and folds, and is casually seated in her twirling Potalaka rock enclave, right arm gracefully resting above the bent knee, and to her left a vase of the healing nectar of amrita, with her left feet suspending above a lotus seed pod, complimented by a wavy leaf and a half opened lotus flower that rise above the stormy sea, which transformed into two natural spirals that formed a stand at the base. This high hand polished statue aged beautifully and is in excellent condition.

  
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