The sculpture represents Avalokiteshvara, the Buddhist Bodhisattva of compassion who has a wide cult following in Asia.

It comes from eastern India, an important centre of Buddhist thought and monasticism in the late medieval period.


Maurice Goldman collection, 1950; acquired by the vendor at Christie's, 1996.

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