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    Sale 2027

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 391

    A RARE GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF THE DAOIST SUPREME DEITY

    EARLY TANG DYNASTY, 7TH-8TH CENTURY

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    A RARE GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF THE DAOIST SUPREME DEITY
    EARLY TANG DYNASTY, 7TH-8TH CENTURY
    Shown seated on an elaborately draped plinth supported by a lotus and three-tier octagonal base, with legs crossed beneath the long, flowing robes, the hands held together in front of the chest beneath the face cast with serene expression, the hair beneath a tiered crown surmounted by a jewel
    6½ in. (16.5 cm.) high, wood stand


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    Small votive gilt-bronzes of Laozi, the founder of Daoism, later deified as one of the principal Three Worthies, the supreme conceptual deities of that religion, became popular during the expansion of the Laozi cult in the early Tang period. See S. Matsubara, Chugoku Bukkyo Chokokushi Ron, The Path of Chinese Buddhist Sculpture, vol. 3, Tokyo, 1995, figs. 865c (standing), 876a-b (seated on similar plinths) and 877b. However, images of this large size with unusual tripartite crown and hand gesture appear to be rather rare.

    Provenance

    Acquired in San Francisco in 1985.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A WEST COAST COLLECTOR