17 LACQUERED AND GILDED WOOD PRAYING FIGURE


Catalogue no. 17 LACQUERED AND GILDED WOOD PRAYING FIGURE

VIETNAM

19TH CENTURY

H. 76 CMS, 30 INS

A large gilded and lacquered wood figure of an adorant, standing in a dynamic sweeping pose with his left foot forward and hands raised in anjalimudra, the face youthful and serene with a benevolent smile, his hair delineated in black and tied into a chignon with side plaits.

This delightful figure was probably an attendant to a larger temple statue of Buddha. See no. 181, p. 173 (top right) in Phan Cam Thuong, Ancient Sculpture of Vietnam, Fine Arts Publishing House, 1997. For a similar female attendant see no. 69, p. 149 in Luu Tran Tieu et al (eds.), Vietnamese Antiquities, Hanoi: Department of Conservation and Museology – National Museum of Vietnamese History, 2003.

Provenance: Private collection, UK.