This masterly carved boxwood figure depicts Guanyin, seated in rajalilasana on a rockwork holding a scroll in her left hand over her right knee. Next to her is a small bundle with more scrolls. Her finely incised hair is arranged in loose knots that are held together by a ruyi pin. Guanyin wears elaborate jewelry and her expression is serene with her eyes cast downwards.
Shape: Figural shape
Dimensions: height is 14.5 cm
Weight: 171.5 grams
Condition: good condition with one small restored age hairline
Provenance: British private collection
Auction results comparison: For a boxwood Guanyin carving of comparable quality, size and dating to the same period see Christie’s, Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, HKCEC Grand Hall, 30 May 2012, lot 4282.