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    Sale 2027

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 390

    A SMALL GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF AVALOKITESVARA

    TANG DYNASTY (618-907)

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    A SMALL GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF AVALOKITESVARA
    TANG DYNASTY (618-907)
    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
    3¾ in. (9.5 cm.) high, stand


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    Provenance

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