Chinese carved Quan Yin or Guan Yin Republic-period lamp

This elegant Quan Yin was finely carved from cream-colored soapstone and made into a lovely lamp, c 1920. The statue has darkened hair and eyebrows and is holding what I believe is an auspicious Buddhist symbol. There are traces of a red coloration on her lips, the flowers and the beads in her hair.

Her hair has beads hanging from frontal braids. The robe has a strong of flowers to the bottom of the robe and the folds of the robe flair up at the ends.. The sash is carved with a fringed end. The neck to the robe has a chrysanthemum collar .

The dark brown stone base below has a bird looking to the other side, and has holes and ridges to look very weathered like a lake tai stone.

The tiered brass metal base, which appears to have been gilded, is broad at the bottom and then narrows to form a waste, and then flairs again at the top. Along the top of the metal base is a rope cast into the top of the metal base and encircling the red stone base. The metal base has mold marks.

A narrow lamp neck comes from the metal base and is attached to the carving by a metal staple. The socket is above the carving and has a pull chain.

A carved stone finial with a Kuan Yin encircled by flowers and also carrying a bundle is made from an off-white stone (probably soapstone too) and sits atop the lamp.

Condition The stone has no chips or cracks, and feels soft and polished with age. The colorization of the hair and eyes denote age. Some of the dark colorization on the hair is missing, and much of the red colorization has worn off.

Total height with finial approximately 28 1/4" Statue (without base or pedestal) 8" tall Rock pedestal 3 ¼"" tall Metal base 2 3/4" tall x 6" wide x 5 1/2" deep Finial 3 1/2" tall

This is a lovely lamp that would fit well among other Chinese items in a home, or in a early 20th century decor.

Item ID: AO-267

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