The Bodhisattva seated in a position of royal ease, wearing loosely draped robes and a long flowing scarf falling around her shoulders and arms, her face with meditative expression framed by long pendulous ears and hair piled high under her hood. she wears a floral necklace.
Guanyin depicted in the posture known as the 'royal ease' became standard representation of the Bodhisattva of Compassion in paradise after the tenth century. The present figure is particularly simple in its modelling, with Guanyin conveying a sense of profound thought and wisdom.
Hardwood base. (2)
Weight: 963 grams
Dimensions: 27.5 cm
Condition: Superb condition especially of the lacquer and the gilding, with wear and patina consistent with age, and some chipping to edges as visible on the images, no restoration or inpainting whatsoever.
Provenance: California private collection. Acquired in San Francisco in the 1920s. (two collector labels)
Auction result comparison: CHINESE ART FROM CARAMOOR CENTER FOR MUSIC AND THE ARTS. Sotheby's, 15 MARCH 2016, NEW YORK, lot 142. (compare with a related figure of Guanyin)