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Ming Stone Relief of a Bodhisattva - HK.2007
Origin: China
Circa: 1368 AD to 1644 AD
Dimensions: 57" (144.8cm) high x 17.5" (44.5cm) wide
Collection: Chinese
Medium: Stone

Additional Information: Hong Kong

Location: UAE
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This is a stone relief of a Bodhisattva from Ming Dynasty. The identity of the Bodhisattva cannot be absolutely confirmed due to a lack of distinctive iconographic features. The Bodhisattva has a halo around their hand and he his standing on a lotus pedestal, indicating their advanced status in Buddhist dharma. The chatra (umbrella) on top of the Bodhisattva is a symbol of royalty and triumph. Holding a cup with both hands in front of his chest, the figure could perhaps be estimated to be Samantabhadra since Samantabhadra is sometimes depicted in this form. Delicate beaded necklaces (keyura) and strips of ornamental cloth and scarf are swaying with the figure’s movement.

This sculpture bears distinctive features of Tang dynasty art style.The presence of round cheeks, a chubby neck, and a noticeable belly, are coherent with the typical Tang style of richness and substantial physical presence. In Tang aesthetics, being chubby is an auspicious sign since it symbolises prosperity and material abundance. Applying this style to Buddhist sculptures reflect the belief that the figure is spiritually advanced.

The relief is in fine condition. The figure is basically intact, while traces of colouring are still clearly visible. - (HK.2007)


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