A fine and large bronze figure of a Daoist immortal 16th/17th century (2)

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A fine and large bronze figure of a Daoist immortal
16th/17th century

Sold for HK$ 625,000 (US$ 79,644) inc. premium
A fine and large bronze figure of a Daoist immortal
16th/17th century
The sage heavily cast seated as a dignitary wearing an elaborately decorated cap of office with long flowing ribbons, his beard hanging down his chest embellished with a rectangular-shaped clasp holding the robe, his hands swathed in the long pleated robe resting on his laps, the figure with traces of gilt-lacquer, the wood stand carved as a throne. 59cm (23 1/4in) high (2).

Footnotes

  • 十六/十七世紀 銅漆金天官坐像

    Provenance:
    Sotheby's New York, 28 February 1980, lot 5
    An American private collection, Virginia

    來源:
    紐約蘇富比,1980年2月28日,拍品編號5
    美國弗吉尼亞私人舊藏

    The Daoist Immortal figure with his hands swathed under the robe may represent Tianguan, the Heaven Office, one of the Three High Officials of Daoism and sometimes identified as the 'Star' God of Happiness. Daoism flourished in the Ming dynasty under Imperial patronage, especially under the Jiajing and Wanli emperors who were fervent supporters of Daoist practices.

    Relatively small number of bronze figures are known to have survived of this large size and impressive weight. Compare a large bronze figure of Mingzhen dadi, Ming dynasty, currently in the Ancient Bronze Shrine on the Wudang Mountains, illustrated by Zhang Jiyu, The Great Series of Daoist Immortal Statues, Beijing, 2012, p.361; compare another similarly attired gilt-bronze figure of Tianguan, 16th century, which was sold at Christie's New York, 20 March 2014, lot 1627; and a large gilt-lacquered bronze figure of a Daoist immortal, 17th century, which was sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 30 November 2017, lot 442.

    坐像頭戴九段式梁冠官帽,臉龐方圓飽滿,直鼻,雙目微合,面容寧靜,下腮長髯飄於胸前。著寬袍大袖,衣袖褶皺刻畫自然寫實,衣物厚重感與造像莊嚴感並現,雖部分漆金已明顯脫落,但為明代道教造像中不可多得一例。

    此尊漆金道教仙真坐像體量碩大,鑄造厚實,重量達近三十公斤,與其莊靜的開相及簡約但厚重而流暢的官袍形成強烈對比。觀其衣著及官帽樣式,與文昌帝君造像類似,然大部分文昌帝君造像均手持笏或如意,此尊造像雙手掩於衣袖內,此類形象更近似於道教中三官大帝之一的天官大帝。此尊造像所穿著長袍樣式多世襲宋代宮廷官服遺風,其九段梁冠式官帽及如意雲頭鞋皆為其在道教眾神中重要身份之象徵。

    傳世品中,如此精良鑄造之大體量的道教銅造像非常少見,但湖北省武當山金頂父母殿中供奉一尊明代明真大帝銅像,明真大帝為玄武真武大帝之父,其整體造型和衣冠細節均於本尊漆鎏金天官像類似,見張繼禹,《中國道教神仙造像大系》,北京,2012,頁361。另見紐約佳士得曾售出一件明十六世紀銅鎏金天官坐像,同樣具有類似的衣冠表現手法,2014年3月20日,拍品編號1627;倫敦佳士得曾售出一件銅漆金道教仙真坐像,尺寸稍大,1998年6月15日,拍品編號107,後又於香港蘇富比售出,2017年11月30日,拍品編號442。
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