Stunning and Serene Carved Hardstone Figure of Buddha or Qwan Yin

As soon as I saw this carving I was struck by the calm and serenity emanating from the gorgeous carnelian stone.

I initially assumed this was a figure of Buddha, however, upon doing a bit more research I started getting confused and thought it might be a representation of the Goddess of Mercy, Qwan Yin. The reason for my questioning it being Buddha is that the form has a somewhat feminine aura and the top knot is more often seen on representations of Qwan Yin than on Buddha. Even looking at it now trying to describe it, it is impossible to tell whether the figure is male or female just based on the head. With all respect, I can only say that whether Buddha or Qwan Yin, this piece exudes an extremely warm spirit.

All of the photos were taken with the flash "on" in order to show the translucent areas and the natural white striations found in the stone. Without the flash, the piece appears denser and more opaque except on the tip of the nose and edges of the ears where it is thinnest.

The figure measures just under 5" at 4 7/8". It is in extremely fine condition with absolutely no chips.

Please note that any white areas are either reflections or natural anomalies found in the stone - there are no damages to this piece.

Item ID: twt2418

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