21 September 2007
A large bronze figure of Padmapani
Indonesia, Central Java, 10th century
Seated on a lotus base with his right hand extended at his knee, wearing a long dhoti and sash tied around the torso, the face with aquiline nose and downcast eyes, the hair piled into a high chignon centered with Amitabha and secured with a band
8¼ in. (21 cm.) high
Christian Humann, Pan-Asian Collection, before 1977
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P. Pal, The Sensuous Immortals: A Selection fo Sculptures from the Pan-Asian Collection, 1978, cat. no. 120, p. 197.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1977, The Sensuous Immortals, cat. no. 120
This is an exceptionally large bronze for the period. Compare with a Central Javanese bronze figure of Tara at the Museum Nasional, Jakarta, similarly placed on a double-lotus pod base, see J. Fontein, The Sculpture of Indonesia, 1990, cat. no. 44, p. 192.
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