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Title

Seated Buddha

early 17th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


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

Vietnam


Date

early 17th century


Media category

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



Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


  • unknown, Nomadic Rug Traders, Pyrmont, 2011 -


Provenance


Ross & Irene Langlands, 2010-Apr 2012, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, purchased in Hanoi, Vietnam. Gift to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, April 2012.