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Seated Figure of the Official of Earth (Di guan)

Artist Culture
Chinese
Dynasty
Ming dynasty, 1368–1644
Date
16th century
Material
Bronze with gilding
From
China, Asia
Classification
Metalwork
Current Location
On View, Gallery 232
Dimensions
71 x 48 x 38 in. (180.3 x 121.9 x 96.5 cm)
Credit Line
Museum Purchase
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
169:1919
NOTES
Poised to hold a now missing sacred tablet, this larger than life bronze sculpture is from a set of identical deities that sat in a temple. The large size and fine quality of this work required that it be constructed from intersecting pieces like a big puzzle. But despite its great weight of over 2,000 pounds and its overwrought scale, this sculpture is finely proportioned and beautifully composed. Although seated in a formal manner, the figure is animated by the flow of its voluminous robes from shoulders to feet. The deity's eyes, lips, and clothing retain touches of gold.
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