Description: Well carved as Guanyin seated on the back of a flower-bedecked deer grasping a lingzhi stem in its mouth, the goddess of mercy holding a ruyi sceptre in right hand.
The imagery of this carving contains numerous auspicious symbols and rebuses. The central character Avalokiteshvara, or Guanyin (觀音) is the goddess of mercy and considered to be the physical embodiment of compassion. She is an all-seeing, all-hearing being who is called upon by worshipers in times of uncertainty, despair, and fear. Holding a ruyi scepter a well known longevity symbol. The deer (lu) is both a homophone for riches or official emolument and a symbol of longevity and wealth. Lingzhi is known as the fungus of immortality.
Age: Probably 17thc (17th/18thc)
Size: Approx 17 cm high.
Condition: Expected age related wear.
Note! Lyons And Turnbull’s recently sold a similar figure for £4200, see below.