Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin) standing on waves and lotus

A hollow dry lacquer statue of Guanyin wearing a hooded cape over billowing garments that sweep to the right. The deity stands on cresting waves with an open lotus flower at the center. The figure’s waist is slightly bent and the upper back arched, creating a gentle curve. Hands are held in the teaching gesture. A jeweled necklace (yashti) is exposed on the chest. The sculpture is made of dry lacquer, using lacquer impregnated hemp cloth; the hands are constructed separately from wood.The lacquer shell is exceptionally thin and light. It is a distinctive bronze-golden color. The statue underwent extensive cleaning to remove added layers of red and gold color. A small area was left uncleaned for comparison.

Maker(s)
Artist: Shen Shaoan Family Workshop
Historical period(s)
Late Ming or early Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century
Medium
Lacquer and cloth (dry lacquer technique) with traces of gilding
Dimensions
H x W x D: 50.8 x 24.2 x 20.2 cm (20 x 9 1/2 x 7 15/16 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Rolf and Maureen Jacoby
Collection
Freer Study Collection
Accession Number
FSC-L-25
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Lacquer, Sculpture
Type

Figure

Keywords
bodhisattva, Buddhism, China, Guanyin, lotus, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), wave
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Description

A hollow dry lacquer statue of Guanyin wearing a hooded cape over billowing garments that sweep to the right. The deity stands on cresting waves with an open lotus flower at the center. The figure's waist is slightly bent and the upper back arched, creating a gentle curve. Hands are held in the teaching gesture. A jeweled necklace (yashti) is exposed on the chest. The sculpture is made of dry lacquer, using lacquer impregnated hemp cloth; the hands are constructed separately from wood.The lacquer shell is exceptionally thin and light. It is a distinctive bronze-golden color. The statue underwent extensive cleaning to remove added layers of red and gold color. A small area was left uncleaned for comparison.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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