IMAGES FOR ENLARGEMENTS
Carved Soapstone Seated Guanyin - 20th Century
The deity seated in padmasana posture and holding a
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
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
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
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