A Blanc de Chine figure of Guanyin, signed He Chao in a gourd shaped seal and ‘pu zi yu jen’ in a square seal.
Ming dynasty, early 17th century, China
Height: 20.5 cm, 8.07 inches
The figure is seated in lalitasana on an oval rockwork base besides a book placed on a rockwork ledge. Guanyin wraps both arms around her raised right knee holding her hands together, she looks down to her left wearing long flowing robes that cover her body leaving her chest, hands and one foot exposed. A necklace adorns her chest, and two simple bracelets each wrist, her hair is pulled back exposing both ears and parted in the centre with two thick plates that fall back onto her shoulders each tried into a loose knot resting on the shoulders.