29 March 2006
A SMALL GILT-BRONZE BUDDHIST ALTAR FINIAL
TANG DYNASTY (618-907)
Cast in openwork as scrolling foliage supporting seven Buddhas seated atop a draped cloth, each surrounded by an openwork mandorla and with a spike rising from the top of the two figures flanking the central Buddha
5 7/8 in. (15 cm.) across, wood stand
Frank Caro, New York, April 1963.
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A similar gilt-bronze depiction of the Seven Buddhas of the Past, of approximately the same size, in the Museum of Far Eastern Art, Cologne, is illustrated by H. Munsterberg, Chinese Buddhist Bronzes, Tokyo, 1967, fig. 36.
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