Chinese not Japanese Scholars Antique Bamboo Brush Pot 笔筒 Guanyin 观世音
A superbly carved brush pot 笔筒 portraying Guanyin or Guan Yin 观世音 seated upon lotus petals in three completely different meditative poses, all in exquisite detail. A tactile brush pot the colour of dark honey. The reverse with three lines of calligraphy.
Guanyin or Guan Yin is the most commonly used Chinese translation of the bodhisattva known as Avalokiteśvara. Guanyin is the Buddhist bodhisattva associated with compassion. In the East Asian world, Guanyin is the equivalent term for Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva. Guanyin also refers to the bodhisattva as adopted by other Eastern religions. She was first given the appellation of "Goddess of Mercy" or the Mercy Goddess by Jesuit missionaries in China.
Some Buddhists believe that when one of their adherents departs from this world, they are placed by Guanyin in the heart of a lotus, and then sent to the western Pure Land of Sukhāvatī.]Guanyin is often referred to as the "most widely beloved Buddhist Divinity" with miraculous powers to assist all those who pray to her, as is said in the Lotus Sutra and Karandavyuha Sutra.
Commonly known as the "Goddess of Mercy" in English. The Chinese name Guanyin is short for Guanshiyin, meaning "[The One Who] Perceives the Sounds of the World".
This bamboo brushpot was purchased over 35 years ago in Japan.
Refer the large images for details & condition.
Height about : 16cm
Diameter about: 11.4 cm
Weight: 338 grams
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Packed weight: 2kg rate
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Among the literati the preference was for objects of so-called "organic taste" where the mellow colours of bamboo and the natural forms found in nature, were most appreciated.
"Organic taste" literati objects reflected the quiet simplicity and contemplative aspect of a scholar's existence and emphasized his communion with nature, those articles made from bamboo became highly collectable.
In traditional Chinese culture, bamboo is a metaphor of vitality and longevity, which usually relates to a man who has exemplary conduct and nobility of character. Silently grown in desolate mountains, bamboo is very slim with joints on their stem and their leaves are like scabbards. Their firm and indomitable willpower was admired by many ancient literati and painters.
The famous poet Sushi once wrote “Rather eat without meat than live without bamboo” in his poem to express his deep love for bamboo.
I own what is possibly the largest collection of Japanese netsuke in Australia.
Purchased in Japan over 35 years ago.
From $400 to over $10,000 each depending on the netsuke.
If you are interested please contact me.
- Date Listed:06/11/2019
- Last Edited:06/11/2019
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