LARGE MUSEUM-LIKE IRON SCULPTURE OF AN ENTHRONED BODHISATTVA DATING TO 1521

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Auction date:28.04.2017   14:00
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Lot 9LARGE MUSEUM-LIKE IRON SCULPTURE OF AN ENTHRONED BODHISATTVA DATING TO 1521
LARGE MUSEUM-LIKE IRON SCULPTURE OF AN ENTHRONED BODHISATTVA DATING TO 1521
Iron
China
Ming dynasty, dated 1521
HEIGHT IS 93.6 CM
Very rare and documented iron sculpture, the one in Lalitasana on a throne of a seated Bodhisattva, Chinese. Pusa. The Sovereign and perfectly Balanced is this representation, so decisive that one would immediately think of a court-Imperial dignitary. However, the figure is barefoot and sits on a pedestal on a Lotus. This sculpture is illustrated in an exhibition catalogue from 1930, and as “Buddha” means. A Buddha sits in Lalitasana and is wearing chains jewelry. However, the Abhayamudra (granting Protection) is for a Bodhisattva, unusual, and the introverted expression with a lowered view of a Buddha zukommend. See the top-right of the direct comparison of the pieces from the exhibition catalogue. Very balanced composition of the folds of the floor-length robe, the more moving lines in the fine game of the folds do not affect the stresses spiritual tranquility that exudes the image at all, the fan only in a sensitive way. On the openwork Base for a floral Emblem, and on both sides of this inscription is centrally located. In this part little more reader Dating 正 德 十 六 年 in the vertical sequence of the far left, the last character Nian (year) is placed on the left of the outside alone. The period of Zhengde of the Ming dynasty 1506 to 1521, thus the piece is dated to the last year of Zhengde. This iron sculpture is published in the catalogue of the exhibition “on the Occasion of the 6. German orientalist day in June of 1930,” in no. 52 of the Viennese Museum MAK (then the Museum of art and industry). The original exhibition catalogue is available. A stylistically clear related iron sculpture of a Bodhisattva, is in the Vienna Ethnology Museum (now world Museum Vienna), Inv. No VKB1. The Seating position is the same, the facial expression is very similar, also the drapery. Only the Bodhisattva is seated on a lion, and could thus be identified as Manjushri. This slightly larger sculpture bears the inscription and date was, however, made a little earlier (1488). In the catalogue of the exhibition “4000 years of East Asian art”, Krems, 1978, is shown in the figure in no. 217 and described.

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