London, South Kensington
5 August 1999
A Chinese carved wood polychrome model of Guanyin
wearing long robes, celestial scarf, headdress and jewellery, a pearl held in one hand, standing on a waisted tree trunk base -- 39in. (100.3cm) high, 19th/20th Century.
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