Korean School, Joseon Dynasty . Seated Avalokitesvara (Suwol Gwaneum). Ink, color, and gold on silkClick the image to load the highest resolution version.
DescriptionKorean 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.
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