The Bodhisattva Collection

A Very Fine Ming Bronze of Guanyin, 16th-17th cent

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Sculpture: Pre 1700: Item # 1011473
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From our Early Chinese Collection, a very fine Ming bronze of Guanyin, 16th-17th century, crisply cast with a wonderfully serene countenance, a tiered and pierced diadem (crown), urna on the forehead signifying divine sight, body jewelry, and seated with right hand in verada mudra upon a double lotus base. This piece has developed a nice deep brown / dark gray patina with several areas of greenish verdigris suggesting high copper content to the bronze. We think this piece compares well with two very similar auction house examples, and we are able to offer ours at a much better price. See Sotheby's Sale AU0708 November 2006, Lot 506 (Sold for 8,400 Australian Dollars or 6,445 US Dollars) and also Christies Sale 1211, March 2003 Lot 44 (Sold for 11,353 US Dollars).

Size and Condition: 12 1/2 inches tall, 7 inches wide, robustly cast weighing just shy of 8 pounds. There is a small casting flaw on the left side of the abdomen. No repairs or restoration.