A GILT-BRONZE DAOIST FIGURE, TANG DYNASTY
A GILT-BRONZE DAOIST FIGURE
seated and supported by an arm rest encircling the front of the body, the proper right hand raised and likely once holding a tablet, the other resting against the curved crest rail, a tall cap set over a high forehead, highly arched brows and a crisply cast nose, a tripartite pointed beard spread over the chest, dressed in voluminous garments and a heavy outer robe falling in thick folds about the seat, the inner garment centered by a long pendent banner-form sash protruding from the pleated hem, the back with a circular aperture, modern wood stand, Japanese wood box (4)
Height 3⅝ in., 9.2 cm
In overall good condition with encrustation and verdipatination. The attribute once held in the raised hand lost, as mentioned in the description. With surface wear as expected.
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Gilt Bronze Buddhas in Sui-Tang Dynasty, Kuboso Memorial Museum, Izumi, 1993, cat. no. 225.
Compare a similar gilt-bronze seated Daoist figure, raised on a lotus pedestal, exhibited in Arts of the Sui and Tang Dynasties, Osaka Municipal Museum, Osaka, 1975, cat. no. 3-74.