The present Bodhisattva is identified as Samantabhadra, or Puxian Pusa. The deity is known as 'He whose bounty is omnipresent' and represents the Buddhist Law and compassion. Samantabhadra is associated with Manjusri, or Wenshushili Pusa (Bodhisattva of Wisdom), alongside whom he is one of the acolytes of Sakyamuni in the group of the three venerables of Sakyamuni.
The present sculpture belongs to a small group of large seated Buddhist gilt-bronzes dated to the mid to late Ming period, often with separately cast lotus bases raised on galleried plinths. Amongst this group, it is highly unusual to find an image of Samantabhadra. Cf. three related figures of Avalokitesvara in the Chang Foundation, illustrated in Buddhist Images in Gilt Metal, Taipei, 1993, pp. 88-93, nos. 37-39. The facial features, headdress and stylistic rendition of the garments are characteristics shared with the Chang Foundation images, and in particular the 'jewelled' diadem of the Avalokitesvara (no. 39) is closely comparable to the present figure.