Chinese Camphor Wood Carving
Qing Dynasty, (1644-1911)
H 23 in.(58cm) W 6.5 in.(16.5cm) D 5.5 in. (14cm)
loss and aged condition.
bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara whose Chinese name is Quan Sei-yin ( or Quan Yin )
means "Observer of World Sound". She is the most beloved Buddhist deity in Japan
was definitely male in India and Java. He was worshipped as one of the bodhisattva
in the realm of Amitabha Buddha. The Lotus Sutra lists his thirty-three transformations
from male to female; which illustrates the infinity of means of salvation in his
great compassion to rescue faithfuls from perils.
antique wood carving is quite old. The superb artisan style, age cracks and natural
color leads us to believe that she was carved in Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), possibly
around 18th century.