It is rare to find a sculpture of Avalokiteshvara seated with his legs folded as if in meditation. He is most often shown standing or seated with one leg bent and the other pendent—a pose known as “royal ease.” One exception is when Avalokiteshvara appears in scenes of the Pure Land of the Buddha Amitabha. It is possible that this sculpture was part of such a composition.
[ S.M. Franck & Co. Ltd. , 1933; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Weber Galleries Reinstallation," October 14, 1998–March 19, 2010.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Wei, Jin, Southern and Northern Dynasties," 2005.