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A30. Bodhisattva, 14.5cms, China, Kangxi period.

This parcel gilt Bodhisattva possibly represents a form of Avalokitesvara. The Bodhisattva is depicted seated in vajraparyankasana on a double lotus throne.

The sculpture is heavily cast and the robe borders are finely engraved. It is profusely inlaid with coral, turquoise, lapis and tiny peals almost all of which are original.

The base has been sealed with a plain copper plate without any engraving. Behind the Bodhisattva on the top of the throne are two small holes which presumably once supported a now missing mandorla.

This sculpture and the Buddha A29 are from the same workshop and may have once formed part of a Buddhist pantheon.

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