A 19th Century Qing Dynasty Guanyin Seated Upon an Elephant
A 19th Century Qing Dynasty Guanyin Seated Upon an Elephant
A 19th Century Qing Dynasty Guanyin Seated Upon an Elephant
A 19th Century Qing Dynasty Guanyin Seated Upon an Elephant
A 19th Century Qing Dynasty Guanyin Seated Upon an Elephant

A 19th Century Qing Dynasty Guanyin Seated Upon an Elephant

c. 1870 China

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£950 gbp
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A late 19th century polychrome porcelain figure, depicted seated upon a recumbent elephant.

Guanyin is the bodhisattva of compassion; in buddhist China as well as across other cultures and faiths worldwide. The ‘regarder of sounds’ who listened to the world’s sorrows like a friend, can be androgynous or male, but is most often represented as a female. As in most depictions, the goddess shown here, is barefoot, in long elegant clothing and with a graceful countenance. In order to demonstrate her omniscience as well as her omnipresence, Guanyin is often depicted seated on an elephant, a lion or a fish.

Qing Dynasty, Tongzhi Period (1861 - 1875)

Condition: good, with some losses to glaze; missing one hand.
Good, with some losses to glaze; missing one hand
Dimensions
Height 8.00 inch (20.32 cm)
Width 5.50 inch (13.97 cm)
Depth 3.00 inch (7.62 cm)
Stock Code
0875
Medium
Porcelain
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