1500 Market Center Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75207
14ʺW × 11ʺD × 43ʺH
Art Subject: FigureMythology
Late 19th Century
Place of Origin
DECASO Reference Number
PRESENTING A STUNNING 19C Asian Wooden Carved, Painted & Gilded Guanyin Statue.. LARGE.....a floor piece.
This Wooden Statue is hand carved, hand-painted and hand-gilded.
It depicts the Buddhist Goddess of ‘GUANYIN’.
We are of the OPINION however, that this is not a modern reproduction. We are of the opinion that it is a 19th Century Carved Figure made in Southeast Asia, most likely in Korea.
The wood has what appears to have natural aging rather than false aging.
The base of the statue is clearly indicative of this.
The gilding is intact on most of the piece but again shows signs of natural aging.
Likewise, the painting looks aged and authentic.
The statue has a very unusual texture to it.....it appears to be covered in a form of lacquer which has incorporated tiny pieces of glass which gives it an overall marbled effect and it glistens in the light.
The figure is in a standing pose, with right hand and finger pointing upwards and the left hand holding a bottle.
She is wearing a hat with trailing veil and the hat has a bird as a centerpiece protruding from the forehead portion. She is in a flowing robe, with sashes and necklace decorations. Her hair flows downwards on both sides of the hat ending in curls.
We would be of the opinion that this piece is possibly mid to late 19th Century....circa 1860 - 1880.
It is in REMARKABLY GOOD CONDITION considering its age.
Guanyin is an East Asian bodhisattva associated with compassion as venerated by Mahayana Buddhists. She is commonly known as the "Goddess of Mercy" in English. The name Guanyin is short for Guanshiyin, meaning "[The One Who] Perceives the Sounds of the World". She is also referred to as Guanyin Bodhisattva (traditional Chinese: 觀世音菩薩; simplified Chinese: 观世音菩; pinyin: Guān shì Yīn Pú Sà). Some Buddhists believe that when one of their adherents departs from this world, they are placed by Guanyin in the heart of a lotus, and then sent to the western pure land of Sukhāvatī. Guanyin is often referred to as the "most widely beloved Buddhist Divinity" with miraculous powers to assist all those who pray to her as listed in the Lotus Sutra and Karandavyuha Sutra. Several of the biggest temples in East Asia are dedicated to Guanyin including Shitennoji, Sensoji, Kiyomizu-dera and Sanjusangendo as well as Shaolin. Guanyin is beloved by all Buddhist traditions in a non-denominational way and can be found in some of the most important centers of Indian Buddhism including the Mahabodhi Temple, Ajanta Caves and Nalanda Museum as well as most Tibetan temples where He is referred to as Chenrezig. Furthermore, Guanyin can also be found in some influential Theravada temples such as Gangaramaya and Kelaniya of Sri Lanka as well as the Asian art sections of most museums in the world as a widely depicted subject of Asian art and sculpture.