72: A large polychrome wood figure of Guanyin
Chinese 17th/18th century
The Bodhisattva of infinite compassion seated in Dhyanasana wearing a crown with a central image of a Buddha. Her hands in the dharmachakra mudra, the gesture which denotes the first teaching given by Buddha Shakayamuni.
This mudra signifies the setting in motion of the Buddhist wheel of teachings. Traces of original paint remain. H. 980mm