A bronze figure of the Buddha of medicine, Five Dynasties period – Liao dynasty

五代至遼 銅藥師佛坐像

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A bronze figure of the Buddha of medicine
Five Dynasties period – Liao dynasty
五代至遼 銅藥師佛坐像

Height 3½ in., 8.9 cm.

PROVENANCE
J.J. Lally & Co., New York, September 2006.

來源
藍理捷,紐約,2006年9月

EXHIBITED
Reflection and Enlightenment: Chinese Buddhist Gilt Bronzes from the Jane and Leopold Swergold Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2017-2018.

展覽
《Reflection and Enlightenment: Chinese Buddhist Gilt Bronzes from the Jane and Leopold Swergold Collection》,休士頓美術館,休士頓,2017至2018年

LITERATURE
Leopold Swergold, Thoughts on Chinese Buddhist Gilt Bronzes, 2014, pl. 28.

出版
Leopold Swergold,《Thoughts on Chinese Buddhist Gilt Bronzes》,2014年,圖版28

The figure depicts the Buddha of Medicine in a posture of meditation with legs in padmasana, his hands holding a humble alms bowl. The throne beneath him is well-defined with a stepped cylindrical base surmounted by an open lotus blossom, the overlapping petals each individually articulated. Traces of the original gilt on lacquer can be seen throughout. The figure displays characteristics of the Five Dynasties period, but is more likely to date to the Liao period, whose emperors were devout Buddhists, and under whose reign religious art flourished. The Buddhist imagery of this period fused Tang dynasty styles, which appealed to the bold aesthetic favored by the Northern nomadic people, with the refined sensibility of Song dynasty artistic expression.
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