A large gilt-bronze figure of a bodhisattva, Tang dynasty

唐 鎏金銅菩薩立像

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A large gilt-bronze figure of a bodhisattva
Tang dynasty
唐 鎏金銅菩薩立像

Height 7⅛ in., 18 cm.

PROVENANCE
Sotheby's New York, 22nd September 2004, lot 7.

來源
紐約蘇富比2004年9月22日,編號7

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. 20.

出版
Leopold Swergold,《Thoughts on Chinese Buddhist Gilt Bronzes》,2014年,圖版20

This elegant bodhisattva, depicted standing in tribhanga on a waisted lotus pedestal and stepped hexagonal base, is adorned in a long dhoti and fluttering scarves. The kundika in the left hand, and the willow branch in the right, identify the figure as Avalokiteshvara. The contours of the slender body are well defined in the contrapposto silhouette and the wet-drapery effect of the clothing, all of which are characteristic of Buddhist sculpture in the high Tang dynasty. The curving form of the deity’s torso achieves an almost dancelike movement. This highly recognizable stylistic element of the swayed-hip posture became especially popular during the reign of Emperor Xuanzong (712-756), when sculptures in general became more dynamic in their design.
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