Early Mystery. I BELIEVE this is an early Burmese emulation of that they believed a Himalayan bronze of the Bodhisattva of Compassion looked like (note the Buddha in the Headdress). Casting style, ball in lap, garb, alloy used, (especially) the ears and overall look have the feeling of a later Burmese Pyu piece (9-11thC), but the face, headdress, lotus petals all look like an early Burmese attempt at a Himalayan I have seen a few other related early provincial Burmese attempts at emulating Himalayan art in SE Asian and US collections over the years, though none that I can find in books. . I could be wrong and am open to other theories about this piece, but I had an immediate feeling about it when I first examined it. Unique and very rare, and probably very early- if I am correct it may be close to 1000 years old. .
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