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Lot 27. A large polychrome wood figure of Guanyin, Ming dynasty, 15th-17th century. Estimate £40,000 – £60,000 ($57,360 - $86,040). Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016

The figure is elegantly depicted seated in rajalilisana, wearing long flowing robes, a bejewelled necklace and an elaborate headdress. The face bears a serene expression with downcast eyes. 36 in. (91.5 cm.) high

Provenance: From a private European collection, acquired in Turin, Italy, in 2005.

Note: The dating for this lot is consistent with Radiocarbon Dating Measurement Report no. RCD-8551, GrA-65579. 

Compare the present lot to a polychrome wood figure of Guanyin depicted in the same pose but dated to the earlier Jin period, ca. 1200, in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, illustrated by Rose Kerr in Chinese Art and Design, London, 1991, pl. 36. 

Christie's. INSPIRED THEMES: A FINE SELECTION OF CHINESE WORKS OF ART, 10 May 2016, London, King Street