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Very Fine and Serene Chinese Gilt-Bronze Figure of Guanyin, 16th Century

$180,195.67

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A very fine Chinese gilt bronze figure of Guanyin Ming dynasty, late 16th-early 17th century The deity seated in padmasana, the right hand raised in Karana mudra and the left holding a cup, dressed in long robes decorated with flowers at the hems, wearing ornate jewelry and a crown set with a small figure of Amitabha Buddha. Measures: H 37 cm Provenance: Collection of a Dutch Nobleman, commander of the guard of the Dutch legation in Beijing from 10 October 1907-1 August 1909, thence by descent to the previous owner Note: Included is a photo of the Nobleman and this Buddha behind him. The Nobleman wrote a book, Three years on guard in China, which was quoted in A Qianlong Legacy, The Censer of the Dutch Embassy by Schelling, Wesseling, Jansen & Hendriks, published to celebrate the return of the famous censer, now in the Capital Museum, by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Beijing: "On the day of his arrival Van Haaften remarks, everything in the embassy seemed to be very European. While taking a walk over the embassy grounds, however, he made an exciting discovery: "Look, here suddenly Peking is visible again in our own courtyard. A Chinese temple demands our attention. The young Dutch engineer who accompanies me on my walk reads my mind and tells me this is his home. He invites me to come in. (...) Except for some European necessities, everything in his house is Chinese. Beautiful Chinese textiles in delightful colors match with the dazzling blue of the temple's ceiling, while all sorts of objects d'art give the impression that the inhabitant has a taste for things Chinese." He was intrigued by Chinese culture and objects and collected these during his stay in China.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 14.57 in. (37 cm)Width: 10.63 in. (27 cm)Depth: 8.27 in. (21 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
    CastBronze,PolychromedBronze,GiltBronze
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1580-1610
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Amsterdam, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU5458220860432

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    Ships From: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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