A gilt-bronze Buddhist triad Northern Wei dynasty | 北魏 鎏金銅一佛二菩薩立像
100,000 - 150,000 HKD
A gilt-bronze Buddhist triad
Northern Wei dynasty
the finely cast triad figure supported on a two-tiered four-legged rectangular platform, featuring a central Buddha with hands in abhaya mudra flanked by a pair of devotees holding anjali mudra, the central Buddha framed by a powerful flaming mandorla, the serene face with downcast eyes below an urna, an inscribed flower flaring around the head and encased by beaded edges, the mandorla chased and incised at the border with the same design
h. 11.1 cm
Good condition with just minor rubbing to the gilding.
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Vallin Galleries, Connecticut, 2010.
Leopold Swergold, Thoughts on Chinese Buddhist Gilt Bronzes, Aventura, 2014, cat. no. 6.
Beatrice Chan, 'Reflection and Enlightenment: Chinese Buddhist Gilt Bronzes from the Jane and Leopold Swergold Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston', Arts of Asia, January/February 2018, pp. 58-65.
Leopold Swergold，《Thoughts on Chinese Buddhist Gilt Bronzes》，2014年，圖版6
Beatrice Chan，〈Reflection and Enlightenment: Chinese Buddhist Gilt Bronzes from the Jane and Leopold Swergold Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston〉，《Arts of Asia》，2018年1-2月，頁58-65
Reflection and Enlightenment: Chinese Buddhist Gilt Bronzes from the Jane and Leopold Swergold Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2017-2018.
《Reflection and Enlightenment: Chinese Buddhist Gilt Bronzes from the Jane and Leopold Swergold Collection》，休士頓美術館，休士頓，2017-2018年
This finely cast gilt votive triad features a central Buddha with the hands in abhayamudra flanked by a pair of devotees displaying anjalimudra, probably Amitabha, the Buddha of Endless Light, flanked by Avalokiteshvara and Mahasthamaprapta. The group is framed by a powerful flaming mandorla and supported on a two-tiered four-legged platform. The modelling of the faces is evocative of the Hellenistic style so present on Gandharan sculpture and reveals the strong Indian influence still present on bronze Buddhist sculpture of the Northern Wei period.
A smaller example from the collection of Goto Shinshudo, illustrated in Museum Yamato Bunkakan, East Asian Gilt Bronze Buddhist Figures, Nara, 1999, p. 40, no. 20, was sold at Christie's New York, 14th September 2017, lot 802.