A wonderful Chinese Bronze Buddha, crowned on a lotus seat with serene expression in the face.
The antique inscribtion says 'Ming Di Yong Ping San Nian Zhi', translatable as 'Made in the Third Year of the Yongping Reign of Emperor Ming'.
Ming Di was the posthumous reign title of Liu Yang, who succeeded to the throne on the death of his father to become the 2nd emperor of the Eastern Han Dynasty. The third year of his rule would have been 60 A.D. This period has been referred to as the 'Golden Age' of the Eastern Han.
This rare item dates not from the Han Dynasty, but style and the real old inscribtion mark indicates the statue was surely made during the later Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Fabulous statue.
The bottom was closed by a former owner, but underneath it is hollow.
Size: four kg weight. 30cm height, 20cm width.