This piece is particularly attractive for the soft and expressive modelling of the figure’s facial features, which exudes a sense of serenity and confidence. The simple and low-relief folds of her robes which fall in vertical parallel lines are reminiscent of stone sculpture and further emphasise the majesty of the large seated figure. Compare a similarly carved sculpture of a female figure with the hands concealed beneath a cloth, sold at Christie’s New York, 17th September 2008, lot 383; another with traces of gilding, sold at Christie’s London, 14th-17th June 1985, lot 398; and a third included in the exhibition Cultural Artifacts of Taoism, National Museum of History, Taipei, 2006, p. 131. See also a wood figure of a standing deity, attributed to the Northern Song period, illustrated in Zhongguo meishu quanji. Diaosu bian [The complete series on Chinese art. Sculpture], vol. 5, Beijing, 1988, pl. 84, together with a much larger polychrome painted example, dressed in a similar robe, pl. 83.