Ming Gilt Bronze GuanYin

Ming Gilt Bronze GuanYin, finely cast seated in dhyanasana, the hands held in karana mudra. She is wearing long flowing robes with well carved folds and neatly incised floral hems and is richly adorned with fine jewellery. Her serene face with heavy-lidded downcast eyes and full lips forming a subtle smile, flanked by long pendulous earlobes suspending elaborate earrings.

A Large Gilt Bronze Figure of GuanYi

China, 16 th century.

Height 32 cm.

Weight ca. 5,736 g.


Sotheby’s Amsterdam 2000’s

From an old private collection in Amsterdam, The Netherlands acquired from the above and thence by descent.

A sixteen-century gilt-bronze figure in such magnificent condition and delicate details on the long flowing robes is extremely rare. Please see the photos.

Very heavy cast bronze. Highest quality.

The neatly incised hair falling elegantly in strands over the shoulders and tied up into a high chignon behind the open worked foliate crown cantered by a small image of the Buddha Amitabha.

Condition: Superb condition. Some old wear, minor casting flaws. The gilt is preserved overall. Note that all exposed areas, and particularly the delicate crown, show no losses or signs of repair whatsoever. Fine, naturally grown patina.

Auction result comparison:

Type: Closely related

Auction: Sotheby’s Paris, 11 December 2018, lot 81

Price: EUR 50,000

Description : Statuette de Guanyin en bronze doré, dynastie Ming

Expert remark: Compare the closely related pose, expression, robes, jewellery, hair, and crown. Note the smaller size (32 cm).

Auction result comparison:

Type: Related

Auction: Sotheby’s London, 7 November 2018, lot 66

Price: GBP 100,000 or approx. EUR 135,500

Description: A lacquered parcel-gilt bronze figure of Guanyin, Ming dynasty, 16 th century

Expert remark: Compare the related pose, expression, robes, jewellery, hair, and crown. Note the larger size (47 cm) and that the statue has only partial gilding.

Important information.

It will be professionally packed and safely send in a wooden crate by FedEx.

Buyers are responsible for import regulation and restrictions of their own country


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