Chinese patinated bronze figure of the Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha, estimate €200,000-400,000 at Christie's. (Image: Christie’s Images Limited 2023.)

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One of the highlights of the live sale will be this 11½ in (29cm) high Chinese patinated bronze figure of the Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha. It is thought to originate from the Chinese Dali Kingdom, which ruled the area that roughly corresponds with the present-day province of Yunnan from the 10th through to the 13th centuries.

Ksitigarbha was recognised as one of the main bodhisattvas of the Buddhist pantheon in Dali, and is shown here depicted seated in lalitasana on a low throne with a crown on his head, holding a jewel in his left hand and with his right hand closed as if to hold a staff.

The bronze was formerly in the collection of Holger Rosenberg (1869-1960), a Danish journalist and writer. Between 1896 and 1939 he travelled and collected artworks around the world, visiting China on foot.

The estimate is €200,000-400,000.