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    A Chinese Carved Hardstone Stele

    Unknown maker, Chinese
    Late Qing Dynasty
    Hardstone
    Unmarked
    24.5 inches high x 13.5 inches wide x 3.7 inches deep

    In this intricate stone sculpture, Guanyin, the Chinese goddess of compassion and mercy, the late 17th Century example from the Qing Dynasty, probably the Kangxi Period, is a fine example of the transformation the Chinese made from the male figure of compassion to the female in the case of Guanyin. With her head surrounded by the almond-shaped fiery 'mandorla', she holds a 'ruyi', or scepter in the shape of a lotus flower. During the Qing Dynasty it was customary for the Emperor to give successful generals a jade ruyi as a token of their appreciation.

    At over 24 inches this stele is highly-carved, the lion on which Guanyin is riding, the scrollwork clouds behind her and the attendant at the lion's feet are all highly detailed with a master's eye. The highly-elaborate wooden base accentuates the greenish tone of the stone which has only slight chips to the exterior. This is an impressive display piece with historical significance in Chinese history, a period which was also called the more-familiar 'Manchu' Dynasty.

    Provenance:
    Christie's, London (1985)


    Condition Report*: Normal signs of wear as appropriate with age. Some chips to the extremitites.
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    Auction Dates
    October, 2007
    13th Saturday
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