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Buddhist Sculpture from Ancient China

March 10-31, 2017

1.
AN EARLY BRONZE FIGURE OF BUDDHA

Northern Wei Dynasty, 5th Century

shown standing with right hand raised in abhaya mudra and holding the hem of his garment in the left hand, his robe draped over both shoulders in Gandharan fashion, falling in deep pleated folds in front and flaring in layers above his bare feet resting on the circular platform top of a tapered base ending in a thick stem, the rounded face with elongated almond-shaped eyes set in a serene benevolent expression, the head tilted forward slightly and the hair cast in faceted knobs arranged in neat rows rising over the rounded usnisa on top of the head and continuing down behind the ears with long pendulous lobes, the back flattened and with two thick pierced tabs for attachment of a mandorla, the smooth olive-green patina showing brighter in some areas and with widely scattered areas of encrusted corrosion.

Height: 10 34 inches (27.3 cm)

Exhibited 
Kuboso Memorial Museum, Izumi City, Japan, 1991

Published 
Rikuchō Jidai no Kondōubutsu: tokubetsu tenji (Six Dynasties Gilt Bronze Sculpture: a Special Exhibition), Izumi-shi Kubosō Kinen Bijutsukan (Kuboso Memorial Museum, Izumi City), Japan, 1991, p. 3, no. 3

Compare the Northern Wei gilt bronze standing figure of Buddha with hands in abhaya and varada mudras in the Shanghai Museum, illustrated in Zhongguo gudai diaosu guan (Ancient Chinese Sculpture Gallery), Shanghai, 1997, no. 10.

北魏 青銅佛立像 高 27.3 厘米

展出
日本和泉市久保惣記念美術館 1991 年

出版
六朝時代の金銅仏 和泉市久保惣記念美術館 日本 1991 年 第 3 頁 第 3 號