Bronze Infant Buddha Statue, Ming Dynasty, China 1368-1644 AD
Size: 22cm high.
Very good condition, small chip on the base.
A very fine Chinese Ming Dynasty bronze figure of a naked infant Shakyamuni Buddha, standing on a lotus pedestal with one hand pointing to the earth and the other to the skies, representing taking possession of the world. The Buddha has a lovely serene face with almond-shaped eyes, a pointed nose and smiling mouth. His earlobes are slightly elongated, the genitals are unseen.
The image represents the Buddha "of the seven steps", when, as soon as he is born, he takes seven steps in each of the directions and reveals that he has incarnated to indicate the way of liberation from pain
Object literature: In 1368 native Chinese armies drove out the last supporters of the Mongol Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) and established the Ming Dynasty. In comparison to the decline of Chinese Art which occurred during the preceding period of Yuan Dynasty Art, the Ming rule introduced a period of cultural restoration and expansion.
Object history: Acquired from an European Auction House, previously acquired on the UK/European art market before 2000.