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Chinese Carved Zitan Figure of a Bodhisattva, Qing Dynasty

$9,500

About the Item

A finely carved Chinese zitan wood figure of an unidentified bodhisattva, possibly Guanyin, late Qing Dynasty, circa 1900, China. The androgynous figure has a plump, almost matronly face, with downcast eyes and a gentle smile. The hair in long tresses, gathered and tied in a high chignon. The enlightened being is portrayed seated in dhyanasana, bare feet resting on crossed legs, both soles pointing up. Thick robes billow and drape around the full figured body. The hands display shuni mudra, often associated with Guanyin, with the thumb and middle finger forming a circle. Shuni mudra is the gesture of patience. Traces of gilding remain on the face, hands and feet. The hair has been streaked with crushed lapis lazuli. Carved from zitan, an extremely dense tropical hardwood. The specimen used for this figure is especially dark, and could easily be mistaken from bronze at first glance, with the weight to match. The wood displays the tell-tale "crab claw" marks, as well as the golden flecks that make zitan so appealing.
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 8.13 in (20.66 cm)Width: 4.75 in (12.07 cm)Depth: 2.75 in (6.99 cm)
  • Style:
    Qing (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques:
    Lapis Lazuli,Zitan,Cold-Painted,Gilt,Hand-Carved
  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    circa 1900
  • Condition:
    Repaired: Tip of the raised index finger repaired. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Much of the gilding gone. Small loss to the pinky of the proper right hand. On the same hand, the tip of the index finger repaired.
  • Seller Location:
    Austin, TX
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU89475204403

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