A buff sandstone figure of the Radiating Avalokiteshvara – earliest listed source, 1988

This “extremely rare”, uniquely Khmer Avalokiteshvara is a thirteenth-century statue from Cambodia. The statue’s face is “striking[ly] similar to portraits of King Jayavarman VII, who constructed Prasat Bayon (the Temple of Bayon) at Angkor, so Christie’s description is “Bayon style”. Has the sandstone sculpture been broken off its base at the lower leg? Its collecting history is only traced back to its sale through Christie’s Amsterdam auction house on the 1st of June 1988, since when it has been in the collection of Dr. and Mrs. William T. Price.

Its auction estimate is $200,000-$300,000.

A buff sandstone figure of the Radiating Avalokiteshvara. Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art, Lot 324, Sale 12168, Christie's, New York, USA, 15th March 2016.

A buff sandstone figure of the Radiating Avalokiteshvara. Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art, Lot 324, Sale 12168, Christie’s, New York, USA, 15th March 2016.

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