Featured Chinese Gilded Iron Head of Guanyin (2 heads are better than one)

Discussion in 'Tribal Art' started by 2manybooks, Jul 24, 2019.

  1. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

    I know this is not "Tribal", but it seems to be the forum where Asian arts often end up. That said....

    I believe this is Guanyin, but you may correct me. This type does not seem to be as common as the Thai Buddha head on my other post, but I wanted to ask if anyone (@Any Jewelry, et al) knows if heads such as this are actually taken from a statue, or if they are produced this way for sale. The head is about 5 3/4" / 14.5 cm high. Heavy, and magnetic, so definitely iron. Thanks for your info and input.

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    Last edited: Jul 24, 2019
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  2. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Yes, it is Guanyin. Even though there are no attributes, the crown with the Amithaba Buddha in the centre is a sign. If it is real, the face and other parts of the body would have been gilded as the face and ear are now, the hair, clothing and jewellery wouldn't.

    I am sorry, that is all I can say about it. I have some knowledge of the iconography, but distinguishing genuine from the amazingly good fakes the Chinese have been producing over the last few decades is beyond me. You would need a true expert for that.
    If it is real, it looks like there would have been a body as well. They could have been separated during the Cultural Revolution, but that is just a guess.
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2019
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  3. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

    Thank you, @Any Jewelry. I did not know the Cultural Revolution included iconoclastic effects.
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  4. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Yes, it should have been called the Anti-Cultural Revolution.
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