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Sui (581-618) /early Tang dynasty

Gilt-bronze figure.


ZENG Zhenwei

Social relations (Guanxi)

Bronze sculpture of
Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva


6th-7th . Sui (581-618) /early Tang dynasty

H. 16,5 cm


The gilt-bronze figure standing on a double-lotus pedestal holds a willow branch in the raised right hand
and a flask in the lowered left.

Guanyin is depicts as a slender being with a sinuous pose,
bearing elegant luxurious garments, necklace and pendant jewelry,
reflecting the Bodhisattva’s divine, princely status.

In contrast to the plastic modelling on the front of the figure,
flat forms and fine lines describe the drapery patterns at the back.

Facial features are simply modelled with details such as the eyebrows and eyelids emphasized by fine lines.

The willow branch is symbol of healing.

Representation of bodhisattva holding the flask and willow branch will become
standard in the imagery of Avolokiteshvara.

The figure follows one of the earliest known representation in bronze,
the guanyin holding willow at the MET collection from the Sui dynasty – late 6th century
(Rogers Fund 1912- Accession num 12.161a-c).


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ZENG Zhenwei

Zeng Zhenwei is a monumental sculptor who experienced the Cultural Revolution in his childhood and adolescence. He devoted his life to restoring the beauty of the urban space, to designing its landscape, its furniture, its monuments. He teaches urban landscape at the University and teaches monumental art at the School of Fine Arts. President of the Association of Chinese Sculptors, he is very representative of the current desire of artists to participate in the decoration of the city, in the celebration of its history, in the symbolization of its places.
His creation is a synthesis of modernity and the fundamentals of ancestral art. Concerned with the context, his work goes against the current of monumental international kitsch. With new materials, new formats imposed by urban architecture, he breathes new life into the Chinese taste for perpetual movement, the metamorphic fluidity of the four elements. He is a master of space. His work oscillates between strong polarities: highly stylized abstraction, calligraphy and virtuoso figuration. We recognize in its monuments the spirit of Canton, a city of entrepreneurs and merchants, a maritime city and open to influences from the East and the West. Its “signature” is “vital momentum”.
(By Aude de Kerros)


We must climb the wall to see the world beyond it.

Title:Social relations (Guanxi)


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