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    Korean School, Joseon Dynasty
    Seated Avalokitesvara (Suwol Gwaneum)
    Ink, color, and gold on silk
    27 x 16-1/2 inches (68.6 x 41.9 cm) (work)
    37 x 25 inches (94.0 x 38.1 cm) (frame)
    The painting depicts Water-Moon Avalokiteshvara (Korean: Suwol Dwaneum), a poplar subject in Korea during the late Goryeo Dynasty. Worshipped for her ability to prevent disaster and disease and protect travelers, Water-Moon Avalokiteshvara is depicted as a female deity, resplendently dressed with rosary beads in her hands and seated on Mount Potlaka above a body of water replete with coral and a lotus flower that supports her left foot. Her head and body are surrounded by a nimbus and a mandorla, signfying her divinity. Sudhana (Korean: Seonjae Dongja), the pilgrim boy, stands on an outcrop in the foreground in a pose of adoration.

    Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000.

    Condition Report*: Framed and glazed, with minor wear to mount and frame. Work in overall good condition, vibrant pigments with minor fading and toning, rolling and handling creases throughout, with rubbing and flaking to pigments along creases exposing threads, other minor rubbing and flaking to pigments throughout, a few scattered repairs and restorations, loss to bottom left corner, which is threadbare, bottom edge threadbare in areas, and other wear commensurate with age.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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