A carved wooden figure of Guanyin Probably 15th century
Lot 226W
A carved wooden figure of Guanyin
Probably 15th century
Sold for £158,500 (US$ 248,740) inc. premium

Lot Details
A carved wooden figure of Guanyin Probably 15th century A carved wooden figure of Guanyin Probably 15th century
A carved wooden figure of Guanyin
Probably 15th century
The Goddess of Mercy carved from a single piece of wood with serene expression and blue-lacquered hair beneath a five-peaked Buddhist tiara containing the Amitabha Buddha, the hair tied in two knots falling over the shoulders, the long robes falling open to reveal the chest adorned with tasselled jewellery, the goddess seated with left knee raised on the back of a recumbent Buddhist lion with its head raised to look up devotedly at the deity. 140cm (55in) high

Footnotes

  • 或十五世紀 木雕觀音坐像

    Provenance: a European private collection

    來源:歐洲私人收藏

    This lot is accompanied by a report from Laboratory Ralf Kotalla and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, which states that on the basis of standard methods and techniques used in the 14 C-AMS process, the age of the sample is calculated as AD 1450-1455 with a probability of 68.2%.

    Ralf Kotalla實驗室及蘇黎世聯邦理工學院的報告指出,經過標準的14 C-AMS技術測試,此拍品的樣本有百分之68.2的可能性屬於1450至1455年間。

    Guanyin is a form of the Bodhisattva of Compassion or Avalokiteshvara, and was usually depicted in a feminised form during and after the 12th century. In her present incarnation, seated in lalitasana or royal ease on top of a roaring lion, she is known as the 'Guanyin of the Lion's Roar' and symbolises the deity's intense moment of transcendent understanding, when she acquired supernatural wisdom.

    Compare a similar Ming dynasty statue in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, ref.number 2000.270, and another related wooden figure sold at Christie's Paris, 11 June 2008, lot 291.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the provenance for this lot is as follows: Provenance: purchased in Hong Kong circa 1970 by Mrs Mamie Howe and by descent to her sister, Baroness Dunn, 1987 A European private collection
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