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$390 Ivory with Stand, SOLD

Carved Ivory  Okimono Budhisattva with Mark
The Art and Orchid Gallery presents a finely modeled okimono of Kwannon (Japanese name for Kwan Yin of China).[191A] Kwannon with her various forms and titles is generally known as the Goddess of Mercy and , in Japan, is one of 75 Bodhisattvas.[191B] Most prominently, she displays the 'lun', one of the eight Buddhist emblems of happy augury.[73C] The lun is represented by the wheel of the law when enveloped in flames. The wheel is symbolic of Buddha's law and his preaching of the 'Sermon at Benares'[106D] The flames represent knowledge of Buddha overcoming ignorance. Early Buddhist art is found in Japan starting in the 6th Century.[106E] Other representations of Bodhisattvas with the Buddhistic wheel of law and flames can be found in references.[106F] Kwannon is also depicted here with her characteristic jewelry, half draped and flying ribbons or sashes. This carving has an incised, inked mark that we have observed on other ivories and probably indicates the location where it was crafted. The okimono was restored by others and remounted on a carved wooden stand at a later date. Photo shows the mark when off the wooden stand. It passes the hot needle test, acetone insolubility and hardness tests and shows the crossed hatched pattern for ivory.[38G] References available upon request. Provenance: Owned by an American lady since 1980. Size Ivory Alone: ~ 9 1/8" H x 2 1/2" x 1 1/2"; Weight of Ivory Alone: ~ 308 grams;


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