18 June 2002
A INSCRIBED GILT-BRONZE STANDING BODHISATTVA
Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577)
Finely cast with the Bodhisattva standing on a lotus base raised on an integral four-legged stand, holding a lotus stem, the face with benign and smiling features, wearing a crown-like cap, the belted robes falling in folds, standing before a flame-shaped mandorla cast in shallow-relief with flames, the stand and reverse with an inscription, some rubbing to gilding
9¾ in. (24.9 cm.) high
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Acquired in December 1989.
Padnapani, the lotus-bearing manifestation of Avalokitesvara, was a popular religious figure in the early period of Chinese Buddhism and is represented in many images of the 5th-10th centuries.
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