A Chinese carved ivory figure of Songzi Guanyin
A Chinese carved ivory figure of Songzi Guanyin. Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1735 - 1795) The tall, slender figure of the Bodhisattva representing infinite compassion and mercy is finely carved in ivory and depicted with a serene facial expression, dressed in long flowing robes, in her left hand holding lotus flower buds by their long sinuous stems symbolizing purity, peace and harmony and holding up her right hand with palm facing out, fingers pointing up connecting the thumb to the second finger in Shuni Mudra. Guanyin is depicted standing on a curled up metamorphic dragon with the tale of a fish amongst water lillies and by her side is Shan Tsai on a lotus pod looking up with knees slightly bent and palms placed together in a venerative Mudra. The underside is carved with an oval incised Imperial Qianlong reign mark in Zhuanshu script enclosed within a meandering key pattern oval band. Displayed on a later carved pierced openwork wood base. 10.9 in (27.8 cm) height. Provenance: Property of the late Lieutenant Colonel J.E. Armstrong from the collection at Drumnigh House.
Auction Date: March 2014