While of comparatively small size and with less elaborate decoration, the present lot appears to belong to a group of Tang dynasty seated white marble figures of bodhisattvas from Xi'an in Shaanxi. See Zhongguo Meishu Quanji: Diaosu Bian, vol. 4, Beijing, 1988, pp. 50-1. nos. 51-2, for two larger excavated examples (73 and 78 cm. respectively), which exhibit a very similar treatment of the hair and scrolls of the jeweled necklace. The excavated figures and the present lot are also seated on similar lotus bases, consisting of alternating lappets beneath the stamen of the flower. These features can also be seen on a larger (48.3 cm.) white marble figure of a bodhisattva from Xi'an in the Hayasaki Collection, Tokyo, illustrated by O. Sirén, Chinese Sculpture from the Fifth to the Fourteenth Century, vol. 2, Bangkok, 1998 ed., pl. 383A. Also compare another similar seated bodhisattva of slightly larger size (53.6 cm.) in the Eisei Bunko Museum, illustrated in Chinese Buddhist Stone Sculpture: Veneration of the Sublime, Osaka Municipal Museum of Art, 1995, p. 129, no. 154, where one can again see the same type of beaded necklace with jeweled scrolls and closely related treatment of the lotus base.