A RARE AND FINELY-CAST GILT-BRONZE SEATED FIGURE OF AVALOKITESHVARA XUANDE SIX-CHARACTER INCISED MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1426-1435) The bodhisattva is shown seated in lalitasana with the right foot supported on a lotus stem that projects from the front of the double-lotus base. The hands are held in vitarkamudra with the left hand held in front of the chest and the right hand resting on the knee, each holding the ends of a lotus stem, extending up the arms to flank the shoulders. The graceful figure wears an elegantly draped dhoti secured with a beaded, festoon-hung sash, beaded necklaces, armlets, large circular earrings and an elaborate tiara with eight foliate points that surrounds a seated figure of Amitabha Buddha and the artfully arranged chignon. The reign mark, Da Ming Xuande nian shi , which can be translated as Bestowed in the Xuande reign of the Great Ming dynasty, is inscribed in a line at the front of the base. The figure is richly gilded, and the base is sealed with a plate inscribed with a double vajra . 10 ¼ in. (26 cm.) high Collection of the late Soame Jenyns (1904-1976), then by descent within the family.