Chinese Wood Statue
Orgin: China. Circa: early 20th century
H 19 in.(48cm.), W 16 in.(40cm.),
D 9 in.(23cm.)
Condition: age cracks, paint loss, o.a. fair!
bodhisattva is known as the patron saint of the monasteries of Mount Emei (Chinese:
delicate eyebrow mountain) in western China, one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains.
Typically depicted riding an elephant, and occasionally with feminine characteristics,
the bodhisattva shows two distinct madras; her right hand in the virtaka mudra,
a mudra of reasoning, argumentation, and explanation of the teachings; while the
left hand is in the samahita mudra, a mudra of meditation that symbolizes the
female left-hand principle of wisdom or meditation on emptiness.