graceful wood carving exemplifying the artistic sophistication and elegance of
the early Japanese wood carving. Kannon (Quan Yin) is envisioned as a beautiful
court lady, with flowing robes and cleanly modeled features, her face conveying
her compassion and gentle nature as the wish fulfilling deity. The figure seems
to sway in rhythmic movement as she holds forth a basket from which may spring
the object of a devotee’s fondest desire. Excellently carved with fine details
in the features, the hair, the basket and the gathered ornamented robes, thinned
at the edges and appearing to float.