A gilt-bronze figure of a bodhisattva, Tang dynasty

唐 鎏金銅菩薩坐像

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A gilt-bronze figure of a bodhisattva
Tang dynasty
唐 鎏金銅菩薩坐像

Height 4½ in., 11.4 cm.

PROVENANCE
J.J. Lally & Co., New York, 2008.

來源
藍理捷,紐約,2008年

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. 18.
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18
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 figure depicts a benevolent bodhisattva seated in lalitasana with right hand raised in vitarka mudra. He is adorned with elaborate jewelry and a celestial billowing scarf, and clad in a loose dhoti with drapery elegantly cascading in folds around the legs.
The form of the figure itself, and the graceful folds of the robes, retain the influences of Hellenistic art in their adherence to the contours of a realistically conceived body, and in the way the drapery spills over the edge of the seat. The slight tilt in the figure's hips and the turn of the head further imbue the bodhisattva with dynamism and vitality. These are characteristic features of the high Tang period.
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