Figure of Seated Bodhisattva
mid 17th century
16 15/16 × 11 × 8 1/4 in. (43 × 28 × 21 cm) (show scale)
Gift of the Carroll Family Collection
Figure of a Bodhisattva, seated with legs crossed, one hand raised (now missing, likely making gesture of teaching) and one lowered, making a teaching gesture. The figure is depicted wearing a heavy mantle that drapes over his shoulders, and a high-waisted skirt with deep folds. On his bared chest he wears beaded pendants hanging from a torque. He has a topknot and a flattened shelf around his head where a separate crown, likely in metal, would have stood. His eyes are downcast and his head tilted down in a meditative stance.
The object is covered in lacquer and shows signs of having been in a fire, with bubbling of the lacquer surface visible on the chest. Some elements of the mantle collar, made from lacquer-coated cloth, have broken away. Traces of gilding, visible particularly on the shoulders, indicate that the whole piece was once gilded.
Likely originally one of two Bodhisattvas flanking a larger seated Buddha image. Donor's cataloguing notes: "The oblong face and drapery with cascading folds indicate that the statue was likely produced by an esteemed school of Buddhist monk sculptors led by Ingyun (active 1615–63) for a temple in the South Jeolla Province, an important Buddhist power base at the time."
This item is not on view
Figure of Seated Bodhisattva, mid 17th century. Wood, lacquer, 16 15/16 × 11 × 8 1/4 in. (43 × 28 × 21 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Carroll Family Collection, 2021.17.6 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2021.17.6_PS11.jpg)
overall, 2021.17.6_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2021
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