It is rare to find Tang bronze sculptures executed with such elaborate details and so well preserved. Due to their fragility, the scrolling decorations around the figures rarely survive or survive only partially, such as a figure sold in our New York rooms, 22nd September 2004, lot 7.
For a comparable bronze figure of Avalokitesvara with slight variations in the design in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, see Chinese Art in Overseas Collections, op. cit., pl. 117, illustrated alongside a smaller example cast with a similar scrolling base, in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, pl. 118; and a figure in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, included in the exhibition Recently Acquired Gilt-Bronze Buddhist Images, Taipei, 1996, cat. no. 8.
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