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Title

Seated Buddha

early 17th century


Artist

Unknown

Viet Nam


About

Vietnamese Buddhism, introduced into Vietnam in the 2nd century CE, is of the Mahayana school. Although often aligned with Chinese Buddhist practice, it should probably be characterised as syncretic. However, this particular piece, probably created at the time of the Mac dynasty (1527-1592) or the later Le dynasty (1428-1788), is stylistically similar to Chinese pieces of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). The robes are Chinese in style, although the proportions of the figure reflect a Vietnamese sensitivity. The piece, characteristically covered in heavy red and gold lacquer, is stylistically typical of popular Buddhist figures found in local temples throughout Vietnam. The lacquer comes from the Vietnamese tree called Cay Son (Rhus succedanea).

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, April 2012.


Details


Place where the work was made

Viet Nam


Date

early 17th century


Media categories

Lacquerware , Sculpture


Materials used

lacquer


Dimensions

70.5 x 42.0 x 26.0 cm (irreg.)


Credit

Gift of Ross and Irene Langlands in memory of George Soutter 2012


Location

Not on display


Accession number

111.2012


Artist information

Unknown

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Viet Nam

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


  • unknown, Nomadic Rug Traders, Pyrmont, 2011 -