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An ivory figure of Child-giving Guanyin and child

An ivory figure of Child-giving Guanyin and child

0512-093

Late Ming dynasty
Height: 4 1/2 in, 11.4 cm

Guanyin is seated in the posture of Royal Ease, holding the child in both hands and a rosary in her left. She wears long, flowing robes, from which her small right foot protrudes, and a headdress. Her face bears a serene expression with downcast eyes. The child holds a book in his right hand and a lotus flower in his left. He is also wearing long robes. The figures bear the remains of red, black and gold decoration.

For similar examples, see Kao, Chinese Ivories from the Kwan Collection, no. 66, pp. 174–5, also illustrated in Keverne, Ivories of China and the East, no. 42 and front cover; Keverne, ibid, no. 57; and Watson, Chinese Ivories from the Shang to the Qing, no. 29, p. 59, and no. 30, p. 60.