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Object Number:C400
Current Location: China & Japan Gallery
Currently On Display
Culture:Chinese
Buddhist
Provenience: China
Aipao
Manchuria
Period: Liao Dynasty
Date Made: 10th Century
Early Date: 900
Late Date: 10th Century
Section:Asian
Materials:Copper Alloy
Wood
Bronze
Gilding
Technique:Gilt
Iconography:Guanyin
Amida Buddha
Height: 70 Centimeters/Inches
Width: 16 Centimeters/Inches
Depth: 16 Centimeters/Inches
Credit Line:Purchased from C. T. Loo; Subscription of Mrs. Emory Johnson, 1921

Description

Gilt bronze statuette of Guanyin. Tall graceful figure standing holding lotus bud in hands. Over the forehead at the base of the high crown headdress is a tiny figure of the Amida Buddha. When acquired, the statue was covered with a thick emerald green patina except for the hands, face and throat which retained their smooth gilding; there were traces of gold on the garments. The statue has since been cleaned. Found in a river near the Aipao village which was the ancient seat of the Jianning Monastery; the village is a suburb of Liaoyang, south of Shenyang in Liaoning Province.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Halls (1941 - 1966) View Objects in Exhibition
Japan Gallery (21 Oct 2012 - 2018) View Objects in Exhibition
Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition (12 Dec 1985 - 21 Oct 2012) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Article] Steinhardt, Nancy S. 2010. "The Luohan that Came from Afar". Expedition: The Magazine of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. 52 (3): 7-8.View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Steinhardt, Nancy S. 2008. "The Chinese Rotunda". Arts of Asia. 38 (5): 83-95.View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Gridley, Marilyn. 2001. "A White-robed Guanyin as the Embodiment of a Liao Ideal". Orientations. 32 (2): 47-50.View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue] Lyons, Elizabeth, et al. 1985. Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition.View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Jayne, Horace H. F. 1941. The Chinese Collections of The University Museum: A Handbook of the Principal Objects. The University Museum Bulletin. 9 (2-3)View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue] 1938. Chinese bronzes of the Shang (1766-1122 B.C.) through the Tang Dynasty (A.D. 618-906) : an exhibition lent by American collectors and museums and shown in gallery D6 from October 19 through November 27.View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Bachhofer, Ludwig. 1938. Zur Geschichte der chinesischen Plastik vom VIII-XIV Jahrhundert, in 1938. Chinesische Plastik. Volume 14.View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Fernald, Helen E. 1936. The Sculpture. The Burlington Magazine for Connoisseurs. 68 (394): 22-30.View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Jayne, Horace H. F. 1935. The Museum's Loan to Burlington House ( for International Exhibition of Chinese Art held in London 1935-36). The University Museum Bulletin. 6 (1)View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue] Royal Academy of Arts. 1935. Catalogue of the International Exhibition of Chinese Art.View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] March, Benjamin. 1929. China and Japan in our Museums.View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Siren, Osvald. 1925. Chinese sculpture from the fifth to the fourteenth century; over 900 specimens in stone, bronze, lacquer and wood, principally from northern China.View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] 1924. Chinese Sculpture. The Museum Journal. Volume XV (No. 4): 258-287.View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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