A GILT-BRONZE VOTIVE FIGURE OF SAKYAMUNI BUDDHA AND PRABHUTARATNA BUDDHA NORTHERN WEI DYNASTY, DATED TO THE THIRD YEAR OF THE JINGMING PERIOD (IN ACCORDANCE WITH 502)
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See also two of the most famous figures of this type in museum collections, illustrated in Hugo Munsterberg, Chinese Buddhist Bronzes, Tokyo, 1967, pls. 33 and 34, the first, a heavily Gandharan-influenced stele in the Nezu Museum, Tokyo, dated to 489, the second in the Musee Guimet, dated to 518. The figures on the current sculpture are more stylised but still radiating energy and spiritual intensity. Like the Nezu example, the current example is intricately incised with two donors. See also a near identical figure illustrated in Saburo Matsubara, Chugoku No Choukoku: Sekibutsu. Kondobutsu/Bronze and Stone Sculpture of China From the Yin to the Tang Dynasty, Tokyo, 1966, pls. 62a-b.
For detailed information on the iconography of this piece see the notes to lot 3206 in this sale.