Anthropomorphic images of the Buddha, the enlightened being who lived and taught in India sometime between the 6th and 5th centuries B.C., originated in North India and present-day Pakistan and Afghanistan in the 1st century A.D. Over the following centuries, sculptural representation of Buddha and the large pantheon of Buddhist deities became an important artistic tradition in nearly every culture between Afghanistan and Japan. Today, a wide variety of examples remain from various civilizations, some more valuable than others. ‘Like any other segment of the Asian market, there is a very wide price range, based on quality and rarity,’ says Christie’s New York specialist Tristan Bruck. ‘In recent years, however, as buyers from Asia have become more involved, the prices for the best works have gone up significantly.’ A rare gilt-bronze figure of Buddha Ratnasambhava, Nepal, 17th-18th century. Height: 46 cm (18⅛ in). Estimate: $400,000-600,000. Offered in Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Works of Art on 11 September 2019 at Christie’s in New York Not surprisingly, given the wide reach of his teachings, the Buddha and other Buddhist deities have been interpreted widely, and...