Lost wax cast bronze Buddha, thick and heavy cast iron. Neat finish, scraped and incised. The expression is serene and the gesture soothing. It is difficult to precisely date this sculpture because it is neither signed nor dated. However, the style corresponds to the Edo period which extends comfortably over 3 centuries from the beginning of the 17th century to the end of the 19th century. The revered object having carefully undergone the regular passage of the cloth there is no patina which could help us for a serious dating, however an examination of the interior spared, shows us a beautiful patina and an empirical casting technique, prior to the technically advanced cast irons of the 19th century. In addition, the artist went to the essential, he did not excessively chisel the smallest details as would have been done in the 19th century. As Japanese artists have traditionally used wood as their preferred material for their sculptures, ancient bronze Buddhas are rare.
Cautiously we suggest a dating of the 18th century or earlier.
Good condition, no restoration, traces of tin soldering in the middle of the back which should have maintained its glory. However, this glory had to be added late because tin fixation is always a bad work.
The Buddha rests on a wooden base covered in velvet, typically European work around 1900.
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3 900 €