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Seated Buddha

early 17th century


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Le dynasty circa 1420 - 1787 → Viet Nam
    early 17th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    70.5 x 42.0 x 26.0 cm (irreg.)
    Gift of Ross and Irene Langlands in memory of George Soutter 2012
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • 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.