Seated Bosatsu (Bodhisattva) with one leg pendant


Period China, Tang dynasty, 8th century
Materials and techniques Gilt bronze
Size Overall H.31.2


Statues of bosatsu ( bodhisattva ) sitting leisurely with his right foot down prevailed during the most vibrant period of Tang Dynasty China (8th century). This sculpture looks particularly natural in its expression of robes and jewelry. The realistic expression of the statue owes greatly to the casting technique. It shows a stout body, unrestrained expression, relaxed and an overall well-balanced composition. Such characteristics are observed in the statue of bosatsu which had been treasured at Hōbodai-in Temple in Kyoto. The Tang dynasty style had a profound influence on Japanese Buddhist sculptures of the early Heian period.

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