Exquisite Antique Carved Wood Avalokiteshvara / Sho Kannon Statue Superb Signed
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Exquisite Antique Carved Wood Avalokiteshvara / Sho Kannon Statue Superb Signed :
EXQUISITE ANTIQUE HAND CARVED WOODEN SHO KANNON STATUE
(Sanskrit: Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva)
Finest Minute Detail, Signed on the ReverseAbsolutely superbstanding Sho Kannon Bosatsustatue with finely hand carved features and a serene countenance.Masterful detail,artistic form, anda peaceful expression, combine tocreate a masterpiece of Japanese carving.We have never seen one this impressive. Exquisite, lifelike posture withlong, flowing robes, ornate jewels, and a crown bearing the image of Amitabha Buddha. The precise carving is nothing short of sublime with individual faceted gemstones, tiny toenails, and gentle folds in the handsome clothing. The elegant statue is further ornamented with intricate gold and silver hand painted decoration that subtly captures the light in a radiant manner. Spectacular brocades upon the robes, intricate highlights on the jewels, and beautiful detail on thesculptural lotus pedestal upon which the Bodhisattva stands.Truly magnificent, yet refined in the traditionalAsian aesthetic. Even the reverse is carefully detailed. The serene expression is remarkable and the posture very realistic.In excellentcondition with a lovely patina, the previous owner was a ninetyplus year old Japaneselady whobrought the statue to America from Japan andkept it carefully stored for her entire life. So pristine that it looks like it was never taken out of the box. Of significant size, measuring approximately 17 inchestall.Signed on the reverse with a hand carved four character signature. The underside shows precise carpentry and constructionwith old-style, antique screws with the slots slightly off center. Photos cannot capture the overallharmony of this statue, it has awonderful presence in person.An exquisitecenterpiece for the discriminating collector of the finest Asian antiques and works of art.Of all the deities in Mahayana Buddhism, the bodhisattva of compassion, Avalokiteshvara (Kannon in Japan, Kwan Yin in China),is one of the most celebrated. He/she is thebosatsu endowed with complete illumination, who refrains from entering the blissful state of nirvana to remain here below until all the creatures of the earth are saved. This devotion to the salvation of others emphasizes the profound compassion this bodhisattva represents.
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