Lot 410. An unusual gilt-lacquered figure of Guanyin, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368); 13 1/16 in. (33.3 cm.) high. Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 12,000. Price realised USD 12,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2008.
Shown standing on a lotus base with head slightly turned and holding an offering in the outstretched hands, wearing a celestial scarf that drapes over the shoulders and arms before falling to the base either side of the bare feet, the long layered robes with flared sleeves decorated with foliate scroll border and overlayed at the waist by an apron with pointed ends, the oval face cast with small features and an urna, the hair dressed in two braids and drawn up into a topknot behind an elaborate openwork crown centered by the seated figure of Amitabha Buddha.