DESCRIPTION: A hand carved wood figure of the Chinese deity Guanyin (also Quanyin, or Kwan-yin), seated on a lotus throne with both legs folded and right hand extended in the abhaya mudra position, a gesture of reassurance, blessing and protection (or “do not fear”). Her hair is worn pulled up in a chignon inside her crown, and around her shoulders is draped a short shawl with flowing ribbons. This carving is most likely a vintage piece dating from the last half of the 20th C. and would make an impressive
She is lovely. Hand carved from dark burl wood, she is completely unique as such. She measures 10 inches tall. Her lotus throne is the natural burl and her figure was carved from the rest. The artist left in some lovely detail. No marks. NO MISSING FINGERS. Complete and solid.
As you can see in one of the photos of the back on the right there is a spilt in the wood – and has been filled. But I believe this was done many, years ago – possibly while it was being carved. It looks like some kind of dried resin or sap was used to fill it. This can be cleaned, or left as is. It is very stable though. To avoid any further damage – I would not place it in an area that experiences major temperature changes or moisture and drying out, so the wood does not expand and contract.
This carving is most likely an antique piece dating from the first half to the middle of the 20th C. due to the age of the wood.
This carving would make an impressive, decorative focal point.
Cultural Background: Goddess Quan Yin’s facial expression says it all – calmingly gentle, peaceful and tranquil. It’s believed that by placing a Quan Yin artifact will bless you with much joy, happiness and peace.
A BEAUTIFUL and UNIQUE gift for anyone. A beautiful work of art.