Seated Bodhisattva

Ming Dynasty, 1388-1644 AD
Shanxi Museum

The slender bodhisattva is made of painted wood. There is a seated Buddha in the figure's crown, that would normally be sufficient to identify this statue as Avalokiteshvara. However, the the Buddha is making an esoteric mudra, and hence can't be identified for certain as Amitabha, so this bodhisattva can't be identified for certain as Avalokiteshvara.