Lot 736. A gilt-bronze figure of a standing attendant bodhisattva, Eastern Wei dynasty (AD 534-550); 4 3⁄4 in. (12 cm.) high, hardwood stand, softwood boxEstimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000Price realised USD 20,160. © Christie's 2022

The figure is shown wearing long, loose robes belted at the waist, with the left hand in abhaya mudra. The face has a serene expression and is backed by a petal-shaped nimbus decorated with flames. The figure is shown standing on a lotus base above a coiled dragon-form support, from which projects an attachment pin

Provenance: Important private Japanese collection, prior to 1968, and thence by descent within the family.

LiteratureAncient Chinese Art The Origin of Japanese Art, Kagawa, 1968, F9.
Kuboso Memorial Museum of Arts, Gilt Bronze Buddha in Six Dynasties, Izumi, 1991, no. 110.

ExhibitedKagawa Prefecture, Kagawa Prefectural Cultural Hall, Ancient Chinese Art The Origin of Japanese Art, Kagawa, 1968.

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 25 march 2022