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A gilt bronze seated figure of Guanyin. Ming Dynasty

Clothed in layered garments and a five-peaked crown that encircles the tall chignon finishing his coiffure as he sits in 'royal ease' holding a jewel in one hand and a vase in the other. 7in (18cm) high. Estimate: $1,000 - 2,500

Bonhams. Fine Asian Works of Art, 29 Jun 2009. 220 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco www.bonhams.com