A FINE AND RARE CHINESE SOAPSTONE FIGURE OF GUANYIN

A fine and rare Chinese Soapstone figure of Guanyin

A FINE AND RARE CHINESE SOAPSTONE FIGURE OF GUANYIN

17/18th century. Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)

ATTRIBUTED TO MASTER ZHOU BIN

FINELY CARVED IN CREAMY WHITE SOAPSTONE, THIS BEAUTIFUL SCULPTURE REPRESENTS THE BODHISATTVA GUANYIN SEATED IN LILASANA POSITION, DRESSED IN AN AMPLE ROBE DECORATED WITH ENGRAVED CLOUDS, ALSO COVERING THE HEAD. THE DEITY IS HOLDING PRAYER BEADS IN THE LEFT HAND AND A SUTRA SCROLL IN THE RIGHT HAND.

THIS GUANYIN SHOWS MANY SIMILARITIES TO THE POCELAIN STATUES PRODUCED IN DEHUA DURING THE 17TH CENTURY (SEE AN EXAMPLE ILLUSTRATED BY R.H. BLUMENFIELD, BLANC DE CHINE, THE GREAT PORCELAIN OF DEHUA, BERKELEY-TORONTO 2002, P67: THE AUTHOR, P. 98-105, ALREADY PUT IN EVIDENCE THESE ANALOGIES BETWEEN THE PORCELAIN PROTOTYPES AND WORKS IN OTHER MEDIA).

A SIMILAR SOAPSTONE GUANYIN IS ILLUSTRATED IN ROGERN KEVERN, SUMMER EXHIBITION 2004, LONDON, N.61.
ANOTHER SIMILAR EXAMPLE SOLD AT CHRISTIE’S IN 2007, 19TH SEPTEMBER, LOT 56 FOR $169,000 USD.

Dimensions: h. cm. 15

  • Price: POA
  • Dimensions: 15cm high