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A SMALL GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF AVALOKITESHVARA
TANG DYNASTY
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 118,750 USD
JUMP TO LOT
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A SMALL GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF AVALOKITESHVARA
TANG DYNASTY
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 118,750 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Junkunc: Chinese Buddhist Sculpture

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A SMALL GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF AVALOKITESHVARA
TANG DYNASTY
finely cast with the bodhisattva seated in lalitsana atop a lotus throne, the proper right arm raised and bearing a lotus flower whilst the proper left hand rests on the left knee, the bare chest adorned with beaded necklaces and the dhoti secured at the waist and falling in folds over the lotus throne, all raised on a square pedestal base 
Height 3 1/4  in., 8.1 cm
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Provenance

Nagatani, Inc., Chicago, 1st November 1956.
Collection of Stephen Junkunc, III (d. 1978).

Catalogue Note

This graceful depiction of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara seated in lalitasana, the position of relaxation, demonstrates the full understanding of casting technology and expressiveness found in gilt-bronze divine sculpture of the Tang dynasty. The fully rounded, fleshy form is characteristic of Tang dynasty style, during which the Chinese sculptural tradition in all its major mediums attained new heights.

Compare the similar casting seen on a smaller (10.2cm high) figure of Avalokiteshvara formerly in the collection of Ivan Hart, attributed to the mid-7th century in Hugo Munsterberg, Chinese Buddhist Bronzes, Tokyo, 1967, pl. 66. 

 

Junkunc: Chinese Buddhist Sculpture

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New York