Guanyin

anonymous, c. 1100 - c. 1200, figure, AK-MAK-84

The Buddhist deity Guanyin, who rescues people in need, is shown here meditating, seated on a rock. According to legend, he was once discovered in this position, meditating on the moon’s reflection in the water - in Buddhism a symbol of illusion and transience. His pose and facial expression embody…

A Dutch Merchant, Possibly Andreas…

Chitqua (attributed to), c. 1770, figure, BK-1976-49

Van Braam Houckgeest ran the Dutch East India Company (VOC) base in Canton harbour in south China from 1790 to 1795. He may have commissioned this figure of himself on a previous journey in China. Chinese sculptor Chitqua specialised in this kind of clay portrait, mainly for foreigners. Similar…

The bodhisattva Maitreya

anonymous, c. 200 - c. 300, figure, AK-MAK-1188

Bust of Piet Hein

Hendrik de Keyser (II) (attributed to), 1636, figure, BK-NM-2865

Caritas romana (Roman Charity)

Artus Quellinus (I), c. 1652, figure, BK-AM-51-11

Mars

Francis van Bossuit, c. 1680 - before 1692, figure, BK-1998-74

Draailierspeler

Pieter Xaveri, 1673, figure, BK-1978-36

The immortal Liu Hai

anonymous, c. 1700 - c. 1724, figure, AK-NM-6546

Male deity

anonymous, 800 - 930, figure, AK-MAK-241

Standing Buddha

anonymous, anonymous (rejected attribution), c. 700 - c. 800, figure, AK-MAK-193