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Buddhist Sculpture from Ancient China

March 10-31, 2017

A GILT BRONZE FIGURE OF CINTĀMANI AVALOKITESVARA
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A GILT BRONZE FIGURE OF CINTĀMANI AVALOKITESVARA

Tang Dynasty, 7th – 8th Century

the bodhisattva shown holding the wish-fulfilling cintāmani jewel upraised in the right hand and a willow branch in the pendant left hand, standing in a graceful tribhanga pose, wearing a long dhoti tied at the waist with a beaded girdle entwined with a long chain hanging down in front, adorned with pectoral chain necklaces, bracelets and armlets, the hair gathered in a high topknot behind a simple diadem centered with a trefoil crest framing a pearl in the center and knotted at the sides of the diadem with long ribbons which fall in symmetrical rippling curls down to the bare feet and over the sides of the circular lotus petal-decorated plinth rising on a short column above a wide openwork cluster of scrolling lotus stems and lily pads, the back of the head cast with a short narrow flange, the surface richly gilded all over, with scattered wear allowing the dark brown patinated bronze to show through.

Height 6 78 inches (17.5 cm)

Provenance
Yamanaka & Co., Ltd., Tokyo
Private Collection, Washington D.C., acquired from the above early in the 1960’s

Cintāmani Avalokitesvara responds to every wish and bestows good fortune by the power of the cintāmani, a fabulous gem or talisman-pearl said to have been obtained from the Dragon-King of the sea, or the head of the great Makara fish, or from the relics of a Buddha.

Compare the gilt bronze figure of Cintāmani Avalokitesvara in the British Museum attributed to the Sui dynasty, illustrated by Munsterberg in Chinese Buddhist Bronzes, New York, 1988, pl. no. 49 with description on p. 66.

唐 鎏金銅真陀摩尼觀音像 高 17.5 厘米

出處
東京山中商會
華盛頓特區私人收藏,1960 年代購入
 

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12.
A GILT BRONZE FIGURE OF CINTĀMANI AVALOKITESVARA

Tang Dynasty, 7th – 8th Century

Height 6 78 inches (17.5 cm)

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