Chinese Carved Zitan Figure of a Bodhisattva, Qing Dynasty For Sale
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Chinese Carved Zitan Figure of a Bodhisattva, Qing Dynasty

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A late Qing dynasty Chinese carved zitan wood figure of an unidentified bodhisattva, possibly Guanyin. 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 a mudra often associated with Guanyin, with the thumb and middle finger forming a circle. This is sometimes interpreted as a variation of vitarka mudra, the gesture of teaching and discourse, or dharmachakra mudra, setting the Wheel of Law into motion. 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.

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  • Of the Period
  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1900
  • Condition Details
    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.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses.
  • Dimensions
    H 8.13 in. x W 4.75 in. x D 2.75 in.H 20.66 cm x W 12.07 cm x D 6.99 cm
  • Seller Location
    Austin, TX
  • Reference Number
    LU89475204403
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