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大理國(十二世紀) 青銅鎏金觀音菩薩像
Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin)

Period:
Dali kingdom (938–1253)
Date:
12th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Gilt arsenical bronze; lost-wax cast
Dimensions:
H. 20 3/4 in. (52.7 cm); W. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm); Diam. (base) 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, 1942
Accession Number:
42.25.28
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 207
The slim, straight proportions and distinctive facial features of this figure are typical of the art of the Dali kingdom, based in the southwest province of Yunnan. Sculptures such as this, which represent a state icon often called the “Luck of Yunnan,” illustrate ties between this region and the cultural and artistic traditions of Southeast Asia.
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