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Press Release

THROCKMORTON FINE ART IS PLEASED TO PRESENT

THROCKMORTON FINE ART
145 EAST 57th STREET,

3RD FLOOR
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10022
SUI - TANG
A GOLDEN AGE
OF
CHINESE BUDDIST SCULPTURE


March 1st – April 28th, 2018


Throckmorton Fine Arts is pleased to offer an exhibit of thirty early Chinese Buddhist sculptures dating from the Sui to Tang Dynasties, 581 – 907 CE. The era represents the Golden Age for Chinese Buddhist sculpture when the visual forms of Buddhism were fully integrated into Chinese culture.

                  The essay by the scholar Dr. Qing Chang for the catalogue explores how the development of Chinese Buddhist sculpture corresponds with the spread into China of Buddhism from India following the Silk Road through Central Asia. The exchange of monks traveling from India and Central Asia to China, and from China to India, was accompanied by the diffusion of sacred texts and portable works of art, including sculpture.

                  The sculptures in the exhibition follow the progression of the “sinicization” of the visual forms of Buddhism from India to a fully Chinese expression. The exhibition includes an exceptional example of the earlier style in a large elaborately bejeweled Bodhisattva in the Northern Zhou/Sui style that still retains the Indianized facial features reflecting the Gupta style. Sinicization can be said to be completely expressed in an enthroned marble Buddha shown, which is in the “High Tang” style, developed during the Wu Zeitang period, in the mid 800 CE.

                  Buddhism was adopted at the highest levels of Chinese society and was supported by the Imperial Court. The empress Wu Zeitian (r. 684-704 CE) was the only woman to rule China as emperor, and her patronage was responsible for a number of important sites of Buddhist sculpture that still remain and are the height of Tang art. The nearly three centuries of sculptures highlighted in the exhibition was a particularly rich period of artistic production of Buddhist art.

                  Throckmorton Fine Art is fortunate to have been able to acquire such important works from this significant period of artistic expression in China. Chosen for their quality and beauty, these sculptures are master works of art.

                  The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.