Korean "The Water Moon Viewing Gwaneum" Painting
All I know, it's been in my family for many years. My mother originated from Korea, where I was born, as well. And this is... I've always known this painting, but nothing more about it.
Wow. Well, that's exactly where it's from, is Korea. It's an image of a Buddhist divinity called Avalokiteshvara, that in Korean is called Gwaneum, and this one is called "The Water Moon Viewing Gwaneum." And the halo that's in back is the full moon, and she's sitting on a rock, like above the firmament of the universe, with the two attendants that are there. From the color and the style of the painting, it's actually quite early. It's probably 17th century. Even, like, the first half of the 17th century. Could even be a bit earlier than that. It's ink, mineral pigments on a heavy textile. Probably a hemp cloth. It's a very beautiful image, very elegant in form. But it's a very, very beautiful image. It's glued down. It has its condition problems, but it's worth restoration.
And a good restorer could take care of this. And it would probably be worth doing, because I think it would actually add to the value, also.
What did you think it was worth?
I don't know.
Yeah, this image is probably... At auction, it would probably sell between $8,000 to $10,000.
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