This is a lovely Japanese temple find, a gold gilt and lacquered wood Kanon Guan Yin. She is adorned with the original cut metal crown a top her head, often lost, and her hands depict the mudra of compassion. The Kanon stands tall and with right hand pointed down which symbolically signifies her opposition to evil under earthly forces.
It is signed front and back in red lacquer with posthumous Buddhist names- a feature rarely found today.
The lacquer and its meticulously carved rock out crop symbolized base is an exquisite example of the revival of traditional crafts from the early Edo period. It is covered with black lacquer and gold leaf with an intricate hemp-leaf pattern. Finally a fine perforated cut metal jewelry like crown was added- these rarely survive from great age.
We acquired it from a large Japanese collection this past year from one of our many buying trips.
Dimensions: 14 inches tall and 4 inches wide
Possibilities: It would look perfect indoors in your special tokonoma (Japanese alcove), shrine, or mediation space.
A Japanese name for Guanyin, an east Asian bodhisattva and spiritual figure associated with mercy and compassion.
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We have been dealing in authentic Japanese,Chinese, European, and Asian Fine art, antiquities, garden ornaments, lanterns and water basins for 25 years. Our president personally travels to Japan, Europe and China each year to meet his network partners who assist him in finding best examples. He personally inspects each antique work of art to ensure its old age, authenticity and quality condition. After accumulating a group, they are imported to Vermont in large containers. This method keeps shipping costs low and enables us to offer them to you at reasonable prices. We ship internationally.
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