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A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF A SEATED BUDDHA
EARLY TANG DYNASTY
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 52,500 USD
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A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF A SEATED BUDDHA
EARLY TANG DYNASTY
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 52,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Chinese Art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Florence and Herbert Irving Gift

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A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF A SEATED BUDDHA
EARLY TANG DYNASTY
hollow-cast with the upper body molded in the round and the lower half formed as a shaped façade for attachment to a support, the Buddha seated in bhadrasana with the feet resting on a blossoming lotus-form column, the right hand held in abhayamudra, the left hand placed on the left knee with the palm down, the body draped in a loose robe falling in rhythmic folds against the slender form beneath, the head gently bowed, the serene face framed by pendulous ears and a domed usnisha, a short tang extending from the lower edge of the column and another beneath the Buddha's seat, wood stand (2)
Height 5 5/8  in., 14.2 cm
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Provenance

Eastern Pacific Co., Hong Kong, 28th April 1986.
Collection of Florence (1920-2018) and Herbert (1917-2016) Irving, no. 994.

Catalogue Note

Small gilt-bronze votive images of the 'Teaching Buddha' were produced in the Sui and Tang dynasties. They are characterized by the Buddha seated on an elevated base with the folds of the robe draping over the edge of the seat and the right hand raised in abhayamudra. The base would have been secured to either an individual stand, or installed among bodhisattvas and other figures as part of an altar group with a shared stand.
The present figure sits in bhadrasana, which distinguishes it from most votives of this type that show the Buddha in dhyanasana. Other gilt-bronze 'Teaching Buddha' votives that depict the Buddha in bhadrasana atop a lotus-form base include a Sui dynasty example in the collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated in The Crucible of Compassion and Wisdom, Taipei, 1987, pl. 75; a Tang dynasty one that is part of an altar group in the collection of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, illustrated in René-Yvon Lefebvre d'Argencé, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese Sculpture: the Avery Brundage Collection, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Tokyo and New York, 1974, pl. 92; and a Tang dynasty figure from the Arthur M. Sackler Collection sold in these rooms, 18th March 2009, lot 245.

Chinese Art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Florence and Herbert Irving Gift

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New York