The piece, which was sent to the valuation service, was identified by Sworders' Asian Art experts to be a Chinese bronze of Bodhisattva, Kshitigarbha, from the late Ming Dynasty.

The piece, which measures 80.5cm, depicts Ksitigarbha with his eyes looking down with a calm facial expression, wearing an elaborate beaded headdress with seated Buddha and lotus, in a kasaya tied to his left shoulder over ankle-length robe, a pearl that represents wisdom in his left hand, standing on a double lotus platform with a dog by his feet,

Ksitigarbha, the Essence of the Earth, is one of the eight principal Mahayana students, or 'heart sons', of the Buddha Shakyamuni. Ksitigarbha is known for his vow to take responsibility for the instruction of all beings in the six worlds between the death of Gautama Buddha and the rise of Maitreya, as well as his vow not to achieve Buddhahood until all hells are emptied. He is therefore often regarded as the bodhisattva of bringing help and comfort to those in the underworld realm of hell beings.

The enchanting piece has been estimated to sell between £4 000 to 6 000 in Sworders' Asian Art sale on 7th November, 2017. Have something to sell? Send your pieces to Barnebys valuation service here.

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