The combination of a relaxed and somewhat playful pose--seen, for example, in the whimsical upturn of the toes--and elaborate jewelry date this sculpture of a seated bodhisattva to the 13th century. It may represent Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, although there is no seated Amitabha Buddha in his headdress, a typical attribute of this deity. However, the antelope skin (complete with head) wrapped around the bodhisattva's left forearm is sometimes cited as an attribute of Avalokiteshvara. The bodhisattva's left hand is in the gesture of teaching (vitarkamudra, commonly found in images of Avalokiteshvara when he is shown in conjunction with those of Amitabha. In this case, however, the seated posture would suggest that this sculpture represents Avalokiteshvara in the Pure Land of Sukhavati rather than as a guide for souls.