A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF MAITREYA, TANG DYNASTY
A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF MAITREYA
crisply cast, seated with the proper right hand raised in the fear-allaying abhaya mudra, the head and face beautifully rendered with a peaceful countenance, the body dressed in generous robes secured around the waist and draped over the seat in voluminous pleats and folds, the back of the head with an aperture for a mandorla, wood stand, Japanese wood box (5)
Height 4⅞ in., 12.4 cm
There is evident loss to gilding with surface encrustation. The tip of the figure's right index finger is abraded.
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Saburo Matsubara, Chinese Buddhist Sculpture: A study based on bronze and stone statues other than works from cave temples, Tokyo, 1966, pl. 236d.
Compare similar gilt-bronze figures of seated Maitreya Buddha attributed to the Tang: one with a mandorla aperture cast to the back of the body, preserved in the Sano Art Museum, Mishima, also illustrated in Saburo Matsubara, Chinese Buddhist Sculpture: A study based on bronze and stone statues other than works from cave temples, Tokyo, 1966, pls 294b-c, and another with a high pedestal base, illustrated in ibid, pl. 294a. Another similar figure from a Japanese private collection was exhibited in the Special Exhibition: Gilt Bronze Buddhist Statues from Eastern Asia, Yamato Bunkakan, Nara, 1999, cat. no. 34, and sold in these rooms, 21st September 2006, lot 117.