Qianlong Eighteen-Arm Guanyin Ivory Carving
A “Qianlong Year System” model, this Guanyin is made of ivory, sitting on the lotus throne. The face is plump, the facial expression is serene, the eyes are slightly open and on top of the high hairdress is another small Buddha statue. Each hand holds a different piece of instrument, including a sword, an umbrella cover, a rosary, a Falun, a conch, and so on. Hanging on the chest is a ‘keyura’ ornament, body covered in a cloak, the cloak is clear and smooth. The materials used to fabricate the Guanyin statue is carefully selected, the craftmanship exquisite and intricately detailed. The bottom states that this is a “Qianlong Year System” model and is a standard Qian Long court statue. The Beijing Palace Museum also has a 16-armed Guanyin ivory statue in its collection. It is a work of the mid-Qing Dynasty. This 18-arm Ivory Guan Yin statue is almost identical to that in the Beijing Palace Museum. They are both exquisitely and skillfully carved, the carving strokes a perfect balance of subtlety and strength. The figures are smooth and curvy, full of soft lines and a good representation of the beauty of the Qian Long court statues.
高度 Height – 38.5mm 长度 Length – 26.5mm 宽度Width – 11mm