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A green glass figure of the Bodhisattva Guanyin

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19th century
Height: 10 1/4 in. (26 cm.)

A transparent green glass molded figure of the Bodhisattva Guanyin, the elegant figure standing, with her upper body slightly bowing, her hands joined together at waist-height. The figure wears a simple robe trimmed with stylized lingzhi and tied around the waist with long tassels.

Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida, January - May 1999
Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, December 1999 - January 2000

Glass models of Guanyin are fairly common, and for the most part imitate other materials. The present example is reminiscent of green jadeite. Similar figures (imitating green and white jadeite, nephrite and amber) are illustrated in Asiantiques (1997), cat. no. 60-62. An almost identical example to this one, but in blue glass, from the Clague collection, is published in Brown (1987), cat. no. 52. Another similar example of amber brown color in the collection of the British Museum is illustrated in Newman (1977), p. 175.

Published: Asiantiques, Chinese Qing Dynasty Glass Treasures: From the Gadient Collection, Volume 3 (2011), cat. no. 41

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