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Adoring Monk

Adoring Monk

early 500s
Overall: 14.9 cm (5 7/8 in.); Base: 3.6 x 5.2 x 3.9 cm (1 7/16 x 2 1/16 x 1 9/16 in.); Figure: 11.5 cm (4 1/2 in.)
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

The monk stands with his hands together in a reverent greeting.

Description

Portable Buddhist figures and objects like this gilt bronze had a variety of uses. They could have been carried in religious processions. Others could serve as donations, souvenirs, or votive items in the context of pilgrimages to religious sites. Their miniature size also made them appropriate for placement on private altars or shrines for personal devotion.
  • by 1937–?
    Mrs. Christian R. Holmes, New York, NY
    after 1937–?
    Mrs. G. M. G. Forman, given to her daughter, Mrs. John Lyon [Georgia Forman Elliott] Collyer
    ?–1962
    Mrs. John Lyon [Georgia Forman Elliott] Collyer [1898–1994], given to the Cleveland Museum of Art
    1962–
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Master Bronzes, Selected from Museums and Collections in America; February, 1937, the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York. [Buffalo, N.Y.]: [Burrow and Co.], 1937. Reproduced: cat. no. 27
    "Back Matter." The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 49, no. 8 (October 1962). Reproduced: back cover www.jstor.org
    The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art/1966. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1966. Reproduced: p. 249 archive.org
    Munsterberg, Hugo. Chinese Buddhist Bronzes. Rutland, Vt: C.E. Tuttle, 1967. Reproduced: pl. 100
    The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art/1969. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1969. Reproduced: p. 249 archive.org
    Juliano, Annette L. Art of the Six Dynasties: Centuries of Change and Innovation: [Exhibition] October 29, 1975 Through February 1, 1976. New York. China House Gallery. New York: China House Gallery, 1975. cat. 51
    Hai wai yi zhen. fo xing [Chinese art in overseas collections, Buddhist sculpture = 海外遺珎. 佛像]. Taibei Shi Shilin qu Waishuangxi: Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan, 1986. Reproduced: pl. 29
    Sun, Di, editor. Zhongguo liu shi hai wai Fo jiao zao xiang zong he tu mu [中国流失海外佛教造像总合图目 Comprehensive Illustrated Catalogue of Chinese Buddhist Statues in Overseas Collections]. Beijing: Wai wen chu ban she, 2005. Reproduced: vol. 1, p. 150
  • China through the Magnifying Glass: Masterpieces in Miniature and Detail. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (December 11, 2022-February 26, 2023).
    Art of the Six Dynasties: Centuries of Change and Innovation. China House Gallery, (October 29, 1975-February 1, 1976).
    Year in Review - 1962. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (October 24-November 25, 1962).
    Master Bronzes Selected from Museums and Collections in America. The Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY (February 1937).
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https://www.clevelandart.org/art/1962.213