A bronze stele of Amitabha Buddha, Northern Wei dynasty

北魏 銅阿彌陀佛坐像

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A bronze stele of Amitabha Buddha
Northern Wei dynasty
北魏 銅阿彌陀佛坐像

Height 4⅜ in., 11.1 cm.

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

來源
藍理捷,紐約,2006年3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. 4.
Beatrice Chan, "Reflection and Enlightenment: Chinese Buddhist Gilt Bronzes from the Jane and Leopold Swergold Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston", Arts of Asia, January/February 2018, pp 58-65.

出版
Leopold Swergold,《Thoughts on Chinese Buddhist Gilt Bronzes》,2014年,圖版4
Beatrice Chan,〈Reflection and Enlightenment: Chinese Buddhist Gilt Bronzes from the Jane and Leopold Swergold Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston〉,《Arts of Asia》,2018年1至2月,頁58至65

This elegantly cast votive stele depicts Amitabha, the Buddha of Infinite Light, seated on a platform raised on a quadrangular base, all against a petal-shaped mandorla. The precise linear style that permeates the mandorla and figure is simple yet powerful. It provides a frame for the figure, and also denotes the infinite light radiating from the divine through the mandorla. The treatment of the drapery on the Buddha closely adheres to Gandharan prototypes, but the mode of expression is distinctly sinicized. Another Northern Wei votive stele of similar style, dated by inscription to 530, is in the collection of the Shanghai Museum, illustrated in Zhongguo Jintong Fo [Chinese Gilt Bronze Buddhist Sculptures], Taipei, 1995, pl. 30.
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