This Kuan Yin statue is in classic and elegant pose. Seated on a rocky cliff, she is known as the Water Moon Kuan Yin. This is a reference to a chapter of the Avatamsaka Sutra in which Kuan Yin is found in a rocky grotto, in a posture of royal ease, gazing upon the moon in the water, contemplating the illusory nature of existence. Her eyes are softly half-closed in meditation. She is dressed in a beautiful dragon-embossed dhoti skirt, silk scarves, jewelry, and a high headdress. Tints of terra cotta red and blue-green add to the beauty of this piece.