Estimated value: $10,000
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With her childlike form and benevolent grace, many characteristics unique to authentic Ming Buddha are evident in this work. Most noticeably, the proportions of the statue are specific to the period. With a large head and stout figure, simplicity, and voluminous stately appearance, her silhouette is completed by three rows of upturned lotus petals, which circumventing the pedestal atop a perforated oval-shaped filigree. The statue is completed with thorough integrity. There is hardly any casting fault but an accompanying pleasing essence of the age. In abrasion areas, the base color of the metal has turned to a natural deep umber over time. Gilt loss exposed overlaid with random flashes of red lacquer and crusts of oxidation between the folds and rims, forging a delicate unity of flowing simplicity and the hierarchic dignity of sanctity imbued through the centuries. With superb artistry, this gorgeous Guanyin has retained its spiritual essence of the beloved Bodhisattva of Compassion.