Large serene Chinese wood carving of Kuan Yin (Guanyin), the goddess of mercy. Has wonderful movement to the robes. Will be a great visual point.
She has a well-defined face, hair, robes and free falling Buddhist beads. The face is particularly well carved. The robe flares out as if blown by wind. The hair is piled high on the head with braids falling on the shoulders and there is a ruyi hair ornament above the forehead.
Traces of gilt are found in amongst the white gessoed body and some of the wood grain shows through.
The figure rests on a massive gilt quatrefoil base. She is a very imposing figure. <
Although we don't believe the carving to be super old, it is very well done and very impressive.
22” tall x 9” wide at the widest point. The base is approximately 7” diameter. Weighs 8 lb 11.6 oz.
There is a sliver of wood missing at the edge of the back of the robe, a couple of chips in the finish on her back, as well as a couple of surface cracks in the wood and gesso in the back. A small hole was drilled into the back near the collar and another on her shoulder. There are barely noticeable. There are also two holes on the back of the base and underneath where it was wired to be a lamp.
A large impressive serene work of art that will stand out in your home.