A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF A SEATED BODHISATTVA
beautifully cast, posed in lalitasana with the body adorned in tiers of torques, ornamental bands, and a long, sweeping body chain, the fleshy torso with a defined waist above a low-slung dhoti draped in cascading folds about the legs and over the lotus seat, a smaller blossom supporting the pendent foot, all raised on a cylindrical standard issuing scrolling arabesque branches and further lotus pods, mounted on a modern stand, Japanese wood box (4)
Height 5⅝ in., 14.3 cm
The figure was likely once part of a composition of figures. Most of both hands lost, and losses to the headdress and coiffure, and proper right knee and foot. The back with traces of an aperture for a mandorla and the jewelry likely once with inlays, now lost. With typical wear and surface scratches. Minor losses to the arabesque branch support. With verdipatination and encrustation.
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Sotheby's New York, 24th March 1998, lot 530.
Compare a similar gilt-bronze figure of a bodhisattva, also seated with the hands in similar positions and with similar treatment of the garments and drapery, raised on a related stand, illustrated in Arts of the Sui and Tang Dynasties, Osaka Municipal Museum of Fine Art, Osaka, 1977, cat. no. 3-67.