A fine gilt-bronze figure of Avalokitesvara. Yuan-early Ming Dynasty. photo Bonhams

The male aspect of the bodhisattva portrayed seated in dhyanasana, with hands in dhyanamudra, the serene face with downcast eyes, curling moustache and spikey beard, all below an elaborate headband centred with an image of Amitabha Buddha depicted seated on a lotus, the head covered with tight curls, dressed as a monk in a robe with chased borders, the exposed chest adorned with a simple necklace. 23.5cm (9 1/4in) high. Estimate: HK$300,000 - 400,000, USD 39,000 - 52,000 Unsold

元/明初 鎏金銅男相觀音菩薩像

A similar gilt-bronze figure of the male aspect of Avalokitesvara was sold, Bonhams Hong Kong, 29 May 2008, lot 605. For another example sold at auction, see the figure sold, Christie's New York, 24 March 2004, lot 83.

Bonhams. ne Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Paintings, 28 May 2010. JW Marriott Hotel www.bonhams.com