Chinese bronze seated figure of a Bodhisattva Ming Dynasty
Chinese bronze seated figure of a Bodhisattva Ming Dynasty, seated in vajrasana on a shaped plinth, wearing underskirt secured with a knotted ribbon, a wide-sleeved mantle covering both shoulders, its border incised with scrolling tendrils, bejewelled, his face displaying a serene expression with downcast eyes below arched eyebrows that run into the nose-bridge, smiling lips, elongated earlobes with ear ornaments, the hair combed into a chignon with some tresses running along shoulders and upper arms, secured with a pierced tiara and its front cast with a ratna.
High 24 cm
P R O V E N A N C E: HMS Diadem 28th Oct 1905′
* HMS Diadem was a Royal Navy cruiser launched in 1896. The service record of the ship shows that it sailed from Nagasaki for Shanghai in November 1905.
MING DYNASTY, 16TH – 17THCENTURY, CHINA