This bronze figure of (the future Buddha) Maitreya has been attributed to a “royal monk” (or prince), Nagaraja (988-1026), around 1025. As the Purang-Guge kingdom’s territories crossed present borders, it may come from “(either) Kashmir or Western Tibet”. Its earliest documented collecting history is almost a thousand years later. It was “acquired from Sotheby’s New York” on the 4th of June 1994.
Its auction estimate is $200,000-$300,000.