A gilt-bronze seated figure of Maitreya, Tang dynasty

唐 鎏金銅彌勒佛坐像

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A gilt-bronze seated figure of Maitreya
Tang dynasty
唐 鎏金銅彌勒佛坐像

Height 3¾ in., 9.5 cm.

PROVENANCE
Collection of Ananda Coomaraswamy (1877-1947), circa 1920.

來源
阿南達•庫馬拉斯瓦米(1877-1947) 收藏,約1920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. 21.

出版
Leopold Swergold,《Thoughts on Chinese Buddhist Gilt Bronzes》,2014年,圖版21

This sensitively cast figure depicts Maitreya, the Buddha of the Future, in characteristic seated position with right hand in abhaya mudra and left hand on the knee. A stylistically similar figure in the Ivan Hart Collection is illustrated in Hugo Munsterberg, Chinese Buddhist Bronzes, Tokyo, 1967, pl. 15, also attributed to the high Tang period.

The present figure was originally in the collection of Ananda Kentish Muthu Coomaraswamy (1877-1947), the Tamil polymath who was arguably the first historian to interpret Indian art for a Western audience, and served as the first Keeper of Indian art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from 1917 to 1947.
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