A carved polychrome wood figure of a seated Avalokitesvara, the 'Watermoon' Guanyin,
Probably Yuan to Ming dynasty with naturalistic facial features framed by a Amitabha-Buddha crown the voluminous yet relaxed body seated at ease with one arm gently resting on a raised knee, the other leg supported by a lotus flower floating amongst waves, 131cm high
Note: Such larger-than-life constructions are particularly associated with Shanxi province in northern China where the two pre-eminent centers of Buddhist activity were located at the time, in Taiyuan and the Wutai Mountain
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