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A Carved Soapstone Seated Guanyin - 20th Century

Carved Soapstone Seated Guanyin

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Carved Soapstone Seated Guanyin
Carved Soapstone Seated Guanyin

Carved Soapstone Seated Guanyin
Carved Soapstone Seated Guanyin

Carved Soapstone Seated Guanyin
Carved Soapstone Seated Guanyin

Carved Soapstone Seated Guanyin


Carved Soapstone Seated Guanyin

Carved Soapstone Seated Guanyin

Carved Soapstone Seated Guanyin

A Carved Soapstone Seated Guanyin - 20th Century


The deity seated in padmasana posture and holding a
water jar.

Shown wearing a headscarf and a long flowing robe, Guanyin's face with a serene expression.

All before a radiating mandorla and set upon a separate double lotus base.

A good quality carving. Collectable.


Chip & loss to base of mandorla (bottom right)

Chip to corner of base

Measures; 5 5/8" ( 14.3 cm )



Guanyin in Chinese Buddhism is synonymous with the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara.

The popular myth and worship of Guanyin as a
"Goddess of Mercy and Compassion" is seen as the boundless salvific nature of bodhisattva Avalokitesvara.

Some Buddhist schools refer to Guanyin both as male and female interchangeably and, as such, representations in paintings and carvings can be visually confusing.

But it is clear the Buddhist canon states that bodhisattvas can assume whatsoever gender and form is needed to liberate beings from ignorance and dukkha.

Guanyin is an extremely popular Goddess in Chinese folk belief and is worshiped in Chinese communities throughout East and South East Asia.

She is generally regarded by many as the principle of compassion, mercy and love and as the protector of women and children.



Item no; C-150709-320-2
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