Saturday, February 20, 2010

Chinese 19th c. Cast Iron Seated Guanyin Figure

Circa 1900
Chinese cast iron figure of Guanyin(Chinese God of Mercy), wearing bodhisattva garments and ornaments while seated in a pose of royal ease with one leg pendent. 

the smiling face framed by a five-point diadem fronted by a small figure of Amitabha (Emituo-fo) above curling ribbons 

his hands in the 'gift-granting' (varada) and meditation (dhyana) gestures

Even the back is so detailed.

Soft & peaceful look with beautiful accessories. The movement of the clothes is smooth and natural (hard to tell she was made of hard metal :)

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