The Rare Statue of a Buddhist God and Why So Few Like it Have Survived

New York | 10 September

Despite the immense popularity of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, few wood sculptures depicting Tantric Buddhist deities have survived from the early Ming dynasty. This September, Sotheby’s is proud to offer an exceptionally rare gilt-laquer and polychrome wood figure of Jinasagara Avalokiteshvara from the early 15th century in our Bodies of Infinite Light Auction. In this episode of Expert Voices, Sotheby’s specialist Phyllis Kao explores the intricate design of the sculpture and explains why so few like it remain from the Xuende Period. To learn more about this amazing piece and others click here.

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