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Gilt-Bronze Seated Guanyin - RL.4292
Origin: China
Circa: 1800 AD to 1900 AD
Dimensions: 16" (40.6cm) high x 9" (22.9cm) wide
Collection: Chinese Art
Style: Qing
Medium: Gilt-Bronze

Additional Information: Hong Kong

Location: UAE
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This is a gilt-bronze sculpture of the Bodhisattva Guanyin from the Qing Dynasty. Peacefully looking downwards at the mundane world, Guanyin appears meditative and serene, seated in lotus posture on a lotus pedestal. Wearing a crown of Buddhas with his master Amitabha at the centre, he places his left palm horizontally in front of his chest, while forming a vitarka mudra with his right. His keyura is exceptionally decorated, echoing his elegant and slender robe. The details on the lotus pedestal provides some hints for dating. Departing from the Ming dynasty style which pursues fine details and exceptional decorations, Qing dynasty casting style gets relatively modest. In this sculpture, the petals of the lotus pedestal is simpler when compared to Ming pieces.

As the Bodhisattva of Mercy and Compassion, Guanyin has become extremely popular among the Chinese since his introduction to the region. To the mundane, Guanyin represents unconditional love and kindness, virtues that are desperately needed for this world. It is said that when Guanyin was ascending into the spirit realm he heard the cries of suffering humans and chose to return to this world. Thus, Guanyin makes helping others reach enlightenment his eternal mission.

This is a rare imperial piece since it bears the seal of Nei-fu (??, "Inner Ministry"). Therefore, it has to be produced by a top-tier imperial-patented foundry. Although much of the gilding has not been preserved, there are still hints of gold visibly remained. - (RL.4292)


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