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Head of Guanyin, Northern Zhou Dynasty (557-581)
Category: Asian Art
SubType: {Other}
Origin: China
Era: pre 1600
Height: 11.375 inches inches
The head is superbly carved, with an oval face with wide forehead, framed by the cusped hairline and the long-lobbed ears, surmounted by an elaborate diadem. The almond-shaped eyes, with heavy neatly-grooved lids, are set beneath high arched incised brows. The straight nose extends down to the half-smiling mouth, with smoothly-curved lower lip, completing the harmonious composition of balanced arcs.

The high parted chignon is secured at the base by a slender band of braided ellipses, and is drawn up into the diadem. The tresses are fixed by floret-headed pins, suspending heavy beaded swags enclosing large floral motifs.

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