A small gilt-bronze figure of Padmapani, Liu Song dynasty, inscribed with a date corresponding to 474

劉宋元徽二年 鎏金銅蓮華手觀音立像

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A small gilt-bronze figure of Padmapani
Liu Song dynasty, inscribed with a date corresponding to 474
劉宋元徽二年 鎏金銅蓮華手觀音立像

銘文:
元徽二年三月廿一日江冲像一區供養

Height 2½in., 6.4cm

PROVENANCE
Sen Shu Tey, Tokyo, February 1999.

來源
千秋庭,東京,1999年2月

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

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《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

This finely cast small figure depicts the bodhisattva Padmapani, an emanation of Avalokiteshvara, standing in tribhanga, the raised right hand holding a willow branch and left hand holding an amphora. The inscription on the reverse reveals it to be an extremely rare legacy of the Liu Song dynasty (420-479), the short-lived southern dynasty marked by considerable turmoil and war against the Northern Wei. The incised inscription states that the figure was donated by Jiang Chong in the second year of the Yuanhui reign.
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