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Posted 3 years ago


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I found these bookend(?)s at an estate sale and am trying to figure out what they are. They are of a person(or god or goddess?), it looks like something Asian. The person has it's legs crosses with one leg up. One arm is on a box and the other is holding a scroll(something cylindrical).. It has a headdress of some sort and a long robe to its ankles and bare feet. It's face appears to be Asian and its earlobes seem to be elongated. The bases have a lotus flower(I think) etching on it with flower borders on each side. On the bottom of each are some sort of characters, different on each one(is it a stamp or a signature?), possibly Japanese, Chinese or Korean? The stone itself appears to be granite or something similar. I would love to find out what they are and what they represent. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you. They are very beautiful pieces, I like to know as much about them as I can.

**They might be the Quan Yin goddess?

Mystery Solved


  1. jwendell222 jwendell222, 3 years ago
    That is a really nice set! And you have already cracked the case, so mark it as 'Solved'. That is Quan Yin (Chinese) or Kannon (Japanese), the godess of mercy, usually depicted seated or standing on a lotus, or in your case, reclining.
    If you click on my username and scroll back 3 months and 21 days ago, you will find one that I posted. Compare, especially the headdress. I'm guessing that yours is Chinese from the base symbols and will see if I can verify that.
    Regards, Jim
  2. jwendell222 jwendell222, 3 years ago
    Hello again, this is not a Chinese dynastic mark. The top symbol that looks like a three legged table is both a Chinese and Japanese symbol. It is however, upside down, can't make out the rest of the symbols. If you would rotate 180 degrees and shoot straight in with some sidelight the rest may be readable. I think it's a long shot finding this mark, but someone else may recognize it, and I'll keep trying. Still think it's chinese, Jim
  3. fritzy1976, 3 years ago
    Thanks for all that info and for your help. Seeing you picture of the quan yin is what made me think mine was as well. As far as the characters, I would love any more info if you find any. They really don't look much like any characters that I have seen before(granted I don't know much about it.)

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