Compare a similar example of St. Francis, in M. Chandra, Indian Ivories, 1987, pl. 19; and another described as Christ atop a mountainous plinth in P. Pal, Indian Sculpture, 1988, vol. 2, cat. no. 120. The representation as a contemplative figure is noteworthy and might be related to Buddhist images of the 'pensive Bodhisattva' and popular Indian concepts of Krishna as the child god and divine cowherd.