large and elegant Kwan Yin is seated in royal ease posture atop a lotus base.
Her head is slightly inclined to search out suffering beings whom she comforts
and aids. She is the goddess of mercy and compassion, whose kindness cools even
the fires of hell. She is seen with a fully opened lotus flower and is adorned
with garland, necklaces and earrings, bracelets and anklets, a crown ornamented
with wings set onto her hair which is piled up in a high chignon. The statue is
carved from a block of fragrant hardwood and was fully gilded at one time; apparently
after some damage it was restored and eventually a coat of black paint was applied
to the piece, which, over time has eroded to reveal a glittering web of gold sparks
and flecks. Carved with refined simplicity and is imbued with peaceful composure.