Details: Extraordinary life size carved wooden Quan Yin statue featuring a polychrome finish of silver and gold gilt with red accents and teal blue symbolizing the water around the sculpture and flowing from the ewer she is pouring from her right hand. Her right hand is in the Karana Mudra gesture (warding off negative energy, sickness and banishing evil). In the Karana Mudra, the thumb holds down the middle two fingers, while the index and little finger extend upwards like the ears of a rabbit or the horns of an yak against an enemy. Kwan Yin, Quan Yin or Guanyin is the Bodhisattva of Mercy, Compassion, and Healing - hearing the cries of the world, blessing all with spiritual peace, healing and compassion. This kind of Kwan Yin statue is called ‘Child-giving Kwan Yin’, which explains the toddler on her right side in the folds of her intricate gown. In Buddhism, a Bodhisattva is an enlightened being. This piece is from a temple and judging from the wear of the wood and finish, dates back to between the Mid 17th and early 18th Century.
Dimensions: 18"w x 12"d x 79"h (100 lbs approximately)
Condition: In excellent condition consistent with age.