This specific combination of kundika rose water sprinkler and the kalavinka bird, as seen in the present figure, can often be found in Chinese Buddhist iconography of the Ming dynasty. Both elements were borrowed from the iconography of China's neighbors and appear in Chinese art during the Tang dynasty. The kundika originated in India, was used in Buddhist rituals, and in this context, symbolizes purification. The kalavinka is said to represent the voice of the Buddha with its melodious sound, and is associated with Garuda and Kinnara in Buddhist art.
A bronze figure of Guanyin dated to the second half of the 15th century and similar to the present lot was sold at Christie's Hong Kong 3rd November 1998, lot 1014; another similar example with a different lotus base, cast with the date 1516, Zhengde Period, was sold at Christie's New York, 21st March 2000, lot 171.