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PROPERTY FROM A SCANDINAVIAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

A LARGE GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF GUANYIN
17TH CENTURY
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 266,500 GBP
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PROPERTY FROM A SCANDINAVIAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

A LARGE GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF GUANYIN
17TH CENTURY
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 266,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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A LARGE GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF GUANYIN
17TH CENTURY
cast seated in dhyanasana with the right hand raised holding the end of a willow stem and the left hand supporting a cup, dressed in long robes engraved with lotus scrolls at the hem, opening at the chest to reveal beaded necklaces, the contemplative face framed by elongated earlobes suspending ornate earrings, the tall headdress centered by a figure of Amitabha Buddha, wood stand
Quantity: 2
49.5cm., 19 ½ in.
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Catalogue Note

According to the Lotus Sutra, Guanyin can take any form necessary to save sentient beings, and the present lot depicts the bodhisattva in the manifestation of Bhaisajyaraja Avalokitesvara. The bowl of elixir held in the left hand is believed to cure all physical and spiritual illnesses, and the willow, which is used to sprinkle the elixir over devotees, has evil dispelling properties.

A similar gilt bronze figure of slightly larger size is illustrated in Han Yong, Gems of Beijing Cultural Relics Series. Buddhist Statues, vol. 1, Beijing, 2001, pl. 39; and another was sold at Christie’s New York, 1st December 1994, lot 340. Three related bronze figures of this manifestation of a crowned Guanyin are published in Xia Jingchun cang jintong foxiang, Shenyang, 2000, pls 170, 171 and 172; another seated on a lotus pedestal was included in the exhibition The Casting of Religion. A Special Exhibition of Mr Peng Kai-dong’s Donation, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 2004, pl. 167; and a third example was sold in our New York rooms, 1st December 1992, lot 196.

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