Circa: Qing to Republic, 1920s'
h.25 in.(6.4cm) X w.6.5 in.(16.5cm) X d.6.5 in.(16.5cm)
Condition: minor crack, o.a. very good
Carved from a quality log of rosewood, this elegant antique wood statue
is a classic rendition of the great compassion bodhisattva. Its size indicates
it would have been part of a family altar and integral part of daily worship.
The posture of this downward gazing Quanyin resonants a deep essence of equanimity,
while her sumptuous robe flows with a symmetrical fluidity over her perfect stillness.
Her right hand is in the gesture of teaching (Vitarka Mudra), and her left holds
a vase of elixer of life. At the crown of her head is a delicately rendered Amitabha,
the Buddha of Infinite Light. Her realistically rendered bared feet indicated
her earthy presence. There is a sense of timelessness in this statue that is fused
with the emanating dignity of this bodhisattva. Besides a couple of thin short
hairline cracks, the statue is in very good condition.