A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF AVALOKITESHVARA, SUI DYNASTY
A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF AVALOKITESHVARA
standing upright with a slight curve to the hips, the neat coiffure kept with a pointed diadem centered by a diminutive figure of Amitabha and issuing long sashes on either side, the body adorned with a long necklace and draped garments, a cintamani jewel resting in the proper left hand, with crisply cast bare feet set on a lotus pedestal further raised on a hexagonal base, a pierced circular mandorla affixed to the back of the head, modern stand, Japanese wood box (5)
Height 4½ in., 11.5 cm
In overall good condition for the type and age. With encrustations throughout and small minor losses including to the mandorla, scattered extremities, and to a long sash. The surface appears cleaned. The mandorla-securing aperture has rusted so that the mandorla cannot be removed.
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The unifying but brief Sui dynasty (581-618) set the stage for an artistic and cultural renaissance that reached its zenith in the succeeding Tang dynasty (618-907). Characteristics of Sui period bronze figures of bodhisattvas include subtly swaying, elongated columnar bodies that are adorned in elaborate robes and jewelry. The artisan of the present figure employed the subtle contrapostto positioning of the body, elegant body proportions, a separate mandorla, and a lotus base, elements that developed further during the Tang dynasty.