Stone Slab with Bodhisattva

Northern Song dynasty, 960-1127 AD
Shanxi Museum

The bodhisattva is probably Avalokiteshvara, who is shown as the protector of numerous small figures who are engaged in various activities (banqueting, right; menaced by dangerous animals, left; adoring the bodhisattva, bottom). The slab is carved in relief, with an undecorated background.