Vintage cast brass water-moon Guan Yin. Original owner brought into states in the 1970’s. Seated in the pose of “royal ease,” with right hand resting on the right bent knee. Feet rest on the lotus in the water. This Guan Yin deity form is known as the “Water-Moon Guanyin” (Shuiyue Guanyin 水月觀音). He was thought to reside on an isolated isle named Potalaka in the mythical South Sea. Where he sat and contemplated the moon’s reflection in the water. The reflection refers to the Buddhist concept that everything in the world around us is ephemeral and illusory, and Guanyin has the ability to hear all the world’s suffering.
In this sculpture, Avalokiteshvara is dressed as an Indian prince in a fluid garment with crossed sashes, scarves, and a necklace on his bare chest. He rests one hand on his knee and lifts the other in a gift-granting gesture. Showing a confident calmness, presents his mercy over the suffering human beings.
Guanyin in Chinese means “Perceiver of all Sounds,” which refers to the way in which Guanyin is able to hear all prayers and cries for help. In India, bodhisattvas are genderless or are referred to as male. The Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, or Guanyin, is often depicted as female in China. One reason for this gender fluidity is due to the way the Bodhisattva has the ability to manifest on earth in many different forms.
Beautiful one of a kind piece. Originally from China.
Dimensions: 8″ x 11″ x 15″
Vintage piece. Sell in used, pre-owned condition. Vintage and antique items by nature have variable amounts of wear, imperfections, signs of use, age and time. Perfectly imperfect. Condition shown as in pictures. Kindly contact us if you need more info. or detail pictures.