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Late 17th – early 18th Century
Size: 8cm high, 3.5cm wide – 3 ins high, 1½ ins wide
Bodhisattvas are widely venerated throughout Tibet. It is believed that they stand on the verge of enlightenment, but delay their final attainment of Nirvana, out of compassion for suffering beings, in order that they may assist others to achieve liberation.