A SMALL GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF A BODHISATTVA
A SMALL GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF A BODHISATTVA

SUI DYNASTY (AD 581-618)

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A SMALL GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF A BODHISATTVA
SUI DYNASTY (AD 581-618)
The bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara is shown standing in tribangha on a double lotus base raised on a tiered pedestal with faceted sides, holding a kamandalu ('holy water' bottle) in the pendent right hand and a willow branch in the raised left hand, and wearing a long, looped bead necklace, long swirling scarf and a ribbon-hung crown surmounted by a small figure of Amitabha Buddha, the head surrounded by a flame-form aureole with open nimbus center.
3 ½ in. (8.9 cm.) high, wood stand, Japanese wood box
Literature
Kubosu Memorial Museum of Art, Gilt Bronze Buddhist Figures from Sui and Tang Dynasty, Osaka, 1993, p. 32, no. 82.
Exhibited
Osaka, Kubosu Memorial Museum of Art, Gilt Bronze Buddhist Figures from Sui and Tang Dynasty, 1993, no. 82.

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