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