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A gilt bronze figure of Bodhisattva
A gilt bronze figure of Bodhisattva

NEPAL, KATHMANDU VALLEY, 14TH CENTURY

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A gilt bronze figure of Bodhisattva
Nepal, Kathmandu Valley, 14th century
Seated with one foot resting on the opposite thigh, his right hand in abhayamudra and his head gently bowed, wearing a short dhoti, sacred thread and various jewelry, the hair pulled into a high chignon topped by a finial and secured with a foliate crown
7¾ in. (19.7 cm.)
Provenance
The James and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection, Chicago, acquired before 1996
U. von Schroeder, Indo-Tibetan Bronzes, 1981, p. XX, cat. no. 91D
Literature
Pratapaditya Pal, A Collecting Odyssey: Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Art from the James and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection, 1997, p. 148 and 314, cat. no. 190
U. von Schroeder, Indo-Tibetan Bronzes, 1981, p. 350-351, cat. no. 91D
Exhibited
On loan to Art Institute of Chicago since 1996

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Lot Essay

This seated posture, a form of paryankasana, is often that of a teacher giving discourse instead of a solitary meditator, and endows this beautifully modeled sculpture a dynamic nature that engages the viewer.
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