A gilt-bronze figure of standing Guanyin

Kangxi period, 18th century, Qing dynasty, China

Height: 55cm, 21.65 inches; Width: 23cm, 9.06 inches

Guanyin is standing on a double-lotus pedestal, the right hand is raised before the chest in Vitarka mudra, the gesture of discussion and transmission of Buddhist teaching, and the left hand is holding the Dharma wheel- the symbol of knowledge.

The figure’s face is exquisitely cast with almond-shaped eyes, a straight nose and a plump mouth with finely outlined lips providing a serene expression. Her hair is tied into a high chignon secured by an effigy of Amitabha and covered with a richly decorated veil that sweeps over the shoulders. Her loose fitting robe is richly sculpted and detailed with incised foliage patterns on hems; the inner skirt is tied at the high waist revealing an elaborate necklace with beaded strands of pearls on the chest.

The lotus pedestal has beaded borders and each pedal is incised with foliage scroll patterns at the edge. The back of pedestal is left undecorated.

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