A standing figure of Guanyin carved from white marble
Liao Dynasty, 916-1125, China
遼, 916-1125, 中國
Height: 95.5 cm, 37.6 inches
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.