A small gilt-bronze figure of Avalokitesvara, Tang dynasty (618-907)

Lot 390. A small gilt-bronze figure of Avalokitesvara, Tang dynasty (618-907); 3¾ in. (9.5 cm.) high. Estimate USD 7,000 - USD 9,000. Price Realized USD 7,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2008

Seated in rajalilasana on an integral base covered with elegantly pleated and folded drapery, the figure clothed in a long, flowing scarf and elaborately jeweled necklace, with left hand resting on the knee and the right raised holding a flaming pearl, the face with pensive expression beneath the tiered crown, the hair pulled up in a high coiffure and with two long braids extending down the shoulders, stand.

ProvenanceAcquired by Lt. Col. William Grant Tower, U.S. Air Force, in the 1950s.

Christie's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza