A pale celadon jade carving of a tantric Buddhist deity

Yuan / early Ming period, 14th century, China

Height: 15.2 cm, 5.98 inches

The six armed figure is seated in vajrasana on a double lotus hollow base, the two main hands held before the chest each in a different mudra, the four other hands are each raised up from bent elbows and originally would have held metal attributes. The figure wears long flowing robes; elaborate chest jewellery, a similar jewelled belt visible at the back, and a scarf that falls from the shoulders, over two arms and down the front of the lotus base. The deity has a compassionate happy expression on the main forward looking face surmounted by a four pronged headdress, at the back are two further faces one of a monkey, the other human.

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