A standing figure of Guanyin carved from white marble

白玉觀音立像

Liao Dynasty, 916-1125, China

遼, 916-1125, 中國

Height: 95.5 cm, 37.6 inches

高: 95.5釐米

The figure stands foursquare on a simple low D-shaped base. Two bare feet protrude from below an elaborate pleated skirt, covered by a second plain layered skirt - both tied low around the waist with a long scarf. The torso is bare - apart from an elaborate beaded and bejewelled necklace that descends in loops to a central disk at stomach level, and falls to the ground in three separate strands.

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