A GILT-BRONZE STANDING FIGURE OF A BODHISATTVA
A GILT-BRONZE STANDING FIGURE OF A BODHISATTVA

SUI DYNASTY (AD 581-618)

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A GILT-BRONZE STANDING FIGURE OF A BODHISATTVA
SUI DYNASTY (AD 581-618)
The bodhisattva, shown standing on a waisted lotus base, holds a pearl in the raised right hand and one end of the long, looped, tassel-hung bead necklace in the left hand, and wears a skirt secured by a sash at the waist and scarves that are draped around the shoulders, body and arms. The round face is flanked by long ribbons that fall from the ornament-adorned headdress.
7 ¾ in. (19.8 cm.) high
Provenance
Private collection, Japan, acquired prior to 1930.

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Lot Essay

The graceful, slightly swayed stance and style of the clothing and adornment seen on this figure are typical of the depiction of bodhisattvas during the Sui period. Two comparable figures are illustrated by Jin Shen in Hai wai ji Gang Yai cang li dai fo xiang: zhen ping ji nian tu jian (Catalogue of Treasures of Buddhist Sculpture in Overseas Collections Including Hong Kong and Taiwan), Shanxi, 2007, p. 479.

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