Lot 787. A dry-lacquered wood figure of a bodhisattva, Yuan-Ming dynasty. Height 21 1/4  in., 54 cm. Estimate 30,000 — 50,000 USD. Lot sold 32,500 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's.

seated in vajraparyankasana, the left hand in dhyana mudra, the right hand with the palm turned up and the thumb and middle finger curling towards each other, the loose robe falling open at the chest revealing the pleated dhoti tied with a rope at the waist, the garments draping in crisp folds over the arms and legs, the chest with an elaborate multi-strand necklace suspending floral and bud-shaped pendants, a beaded bracelet at each wrist, the round face gently bowed and the eyelids lowered in meditation, the hair parting around the cranial bump and falling in long strands over the shoulders, traces of red, brown, blue, and gilt lacquer throughout.

Property from the Collection of Arthur and Sara Jo Kobacker

ProvenanceSotheby's London, 17th November 1999, lot 711.

Sotheby's Important Chinese Art, New York, 11 september 2019