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PROPERTY FROM A NEW YORK PRIVATE COLLECTION

A LARGE POLYCHROME WOOD FIGURE OF GUANYIN
EARLY MING DYNASTY
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 175,000 USD
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PROPERTY FROM A NEW YORK PRIVATE COLLECTION

A LARGE POLYCHROME WOOD FIGURE OF GUANYIN
EARLY MING DYNASTY
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 175,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Important Chinese Art

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A LARGE POLYCHROME WOOD FIGURE OF GUANYIN
EARLY MING DYNASTY
carved standing wearing monastic robes over a dhoti and inner garment, with floral borders and falling in voluminous folds from the arms and about the body, opening at the chest to reveal a ruyi-form torque, a five-pointed diadem centered with a standing Buddha crowning the bodhisattva
Height 64 in., 162.6 cm
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Provenance

Collection of Katherine Thayer Hobson (1889-1982), acquired in Berlin in 1917, and thence by descent. 

Catalogue Note

Images depicting Guanyin with a five-pointed crown are not the most common portrayal of this bodhisattva. A figure in a five-pointed crown depicting each of the five Dhyani Buddhas, paired with monastic robes, is the typical representation of another of the most popular bodhisattvas in Chinese culture, Ksitigarbha, or Dizangwang. Compare several other polychrome wood figures of Guanyin in similar adornment, one attributed to the Yuan dynasty and sold in these rooms the 23rd September 1997, lot 163; and another attributed to the Yuan / early Ming dynasty illustrated in Chinese Buddhist Sculpture, Eskenazi, London, 1997, cat. no. 16.

The later-added pigments and elaborate decoration to the robes is related to those later added to a group of carved wood Yuan dynasty arhat figures from northern Shanxi province illustrated in Ancient Chinese Sculptural Treasures: Carvings in Stone, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, 1998, cat. nos 16-26.

Important Chinese Art

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New York