A highly important gilt-bronze seated figure of Avalokiteshvara, Acuoye Guanyin, Dali Kingdom, 11th - 12th century | 十一至十二世紀 大理國鎏金銅阿嵯耶觀世音菩薩半跏像
A highly important gilt-bronze seated figure of Avalokiteshvara, Acuoye Guanyin,
Dali Kingdom, 11th - 12th century
elegantly seated in lalitasana with one leg pendant, the right hand raised in vitarka mudra, the gesture of teaching, the left arm lowered in varada mudra, the gesture of bestowing wishes, displaying a regal composure and a serene facial expression, the hair neatly piled up into a tall and elaborate crown accommodating an image of Amitabha Buddha, with long loops of plaited hair reaching the shoulders, lavishly adorned with jewellery such as a headdress and armlets with three-pointed diadem design, large earrings and a bejewelled neckplate, rendered with a slender body with broad shoulders, the upper torse bare showing the graceful tautness of the figure, wearing a dhoti secured with a waist cloth which terminates in a bow affixed with a clasp in the form of a floral medallion, wood stand
h. 37.8 cm, overall 41.9 cm
The figure is in overall good condition; There is an original sealed aperture to the back of the head; There are several minute indentations throughout, with expected wear to gilding as can be seen in the illustration; There are remaining traces of gilt-lacquer to the fingers and hair, consistent to its type and period; A small casting hole to the top of the head.
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Collection of Peng Kai-dong, alias Nitta Muneichi (1912-2006), the Nitta Group Collection.
Christie's Hong Kong, 26th April 1998, lot 606.
R.H. Ellsworth Ltd, New York, 30th July 1998.
Jintong fo zaoxiang tezhan tulu / The Crucible of Compassion and Wisdom: Special ExhibitionCatalogue of the Buddhist Bronzes from the Nitta Group Collection at the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1987, cat. no. 105.
John Ang, 'The Crucible of Compassion and Wisdom', Arts of Asia, July-August 1988, pp. 91-103, fig. 21.
Robert E. Fisher, 'The Nitta Collection of Chinese Bronzes', Orientations, July 1990, pp. 39-45, fig. 4 (illustration mirrored).
John Guy, 'The Avalokiteśvara of Yunnan and Some South East Asian Connections', South East Asia & China: Art, Interaction & Commerce.Colloquies on Art & Archaeology in Asia, no. 17, London, 1994, pp. 64-83, fig. 12.
Amy G. Poster, Richard M. Barnhart, et.al., Crosscurrents: Masterpieces of East Asian Art from New York Private Collections, New York, 1999, cat. no. 11.
John Ang，〈The Crucible of Compassion and Wisdom〉，《亞洲藝術》，1988年7/8月，頁91-103，圖21
Robert E. Fisher，〈The Nitta Collection of Chinese Bronzes〉，《Orientations》，1990年7月，頁39-45，圖4（圖片反置）
John Guy，〈The Avalokiteśvara of Yunnan and Some South East Asian Connections，《South East Asia & China: Art, Interaction & Commerce. Colloquies on Art & Archaeology in Asia》，第17期，倫敦，1994年，頁64-83，圖12
Amy G. Poster 及 Richard M. Barnhart 等，《Crosscurrents: Masterpieces of East Asian Art from New York Private Collections》，紐約，1999年，編號11
Jintong fo zaoxiang tezhan tulu / The Crucible of Compassion and Wisdom: Special ExhibitionCatalogue of the Buddhist Bronzes from the Nitta Group Collection at the National Palace Museum, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1987.
Crosscurrents: Masterpieces of East Asian Art from New York Private Collections, Japan Society Gallery, in association with the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, 1999.
《Crosscurrents: Masterpieces of East Asian Art from New York Private Collections》，日本協會暨布魯克林博物館，紐約，1999年