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Qing Bronze Figure - PH.0165
Origin: China
Circa: 18 th Century AD to 19 th Century AD

Collection: Chinese Art
Style: Qing

Location: Great Britain
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The Qing had been founded by Nurhaci in the early 17th century, and persisted until the collapse of imperial China in 1912 with the hapless Pu-Yi, the last emperor of China. Their isolationist policies, social control (all men required to shave their heads, wear queues, and wear Manchu rather than traditional Chinese dress) introspection and cultural conservatism was at odds with their liberality in certain social issues – such as forbidding the binding of women’s feet (later withdrawn due to social pressure from the populace). However, this cultural inflexibility – which grew as the emperors grew increasingly unaware of the world outside their palace walls, much less the country’s borders – was a difficult stance to maintain in the shadow of the European thalassocracies, and it may have been this which helped hasten the demise of the Imperial system.

Buddhist sculpture continued to develop during the Qing Dynasty in China. Although not the Buddha, this statue appears to be a Buddhist follower. This figure appears to be wearing a necklace and crown, which is not usually associated with the Buddha’s iconography. This figure is performing the Namaskara mudra with the palms closed at the heart’s center, symbolizing adoration and reverence. In this case, it is possible that this figure is performing an act of adoration for the Sakyamuni Buddha. - (PH.0165)


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