AGE: – Rare Cast Iron Kuan Yin statue – possibly Ming Period
CONSTRUCTION: – Iron
DESCRIPTION: – Antique Cast Iron Kuan Yin Statue Goddess of Mercy – Very Good, minor damage to lacquer on the second crease line on the back of the head (see picture), lacquer on base and body worn in places revealing a red coating underneath, some gilding still remains.
HEIGHT: – 50cm
WIDTH: – 20cm
DEPTH: – 19cm
Weight: – 9.7 Kilo
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Antique Cast Iron Kuan Yin Statue Goddess of Mercy
Cast iron statue of Kuan Yin statue Goddess of Mercy shows her holding a vase, which symbolises her pouring compassion on to the world, nice detail. Kuan Yin Statues and figures can be found in various position, she might be seated or standing on a lotus blossom, which is one of the main symbols of Buddhist purity, since it a beautiful flower that grows out of mud. The meaning is that our hearts should be pure like the lotus flower, even though our lives might be surrounded by bad (or impure) people and situations. (other spellings Kwan Yin, Quan Yin and known as Kuan Shih Yin).
She is referred to as the Goddess of Mercy or Compassion & Healing and is one of the most popular deities in all of Asia. Her name in Chinese roughly translates as “The One who Hears the Cries of the World”. She is the most revered and beloved of all the Chinese deities. She is referred to as the Goddess of Mercy, Divine Mother we all long for: tender, merciful, loving, compassionate, protecting, healing, caring and wise. She quietly comes to the aid of her children everywhere. Her mantra is ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’, (that is, ‘Hail the Jewel – or pearl- in the Lotus.’). Many believe that the she is the female representation of Avalokitesvara, who is the Nepalese and Tibetan God of Compassion. Statues of Kuan Yin or Goddess of Mercy can be found in most Chinese Buddhist temples and on alters in private homes.