A gilt-bronze figure of a foreigner  Ming Dynasty
Lot 616
A gilt-bronze figure of a foreigner Ming Dynasty
Sold for HK$ 100,000 (US$ 12,892) inc. premium

Lot Details
Various Owners
A gilt-bronze figure of a foreigner
Ming Dynasty
Seated in vajrasana atop a recumbent elephant, the face modelled with thick curly beard below the gently indented mouth portraying an expression of serene contemplation, clasping an edict in both hands, dressed in a loose robe with embellished rims.
20.5cm high.

Footnotes

  • The current lot epitomizes the effortless assimilation of different cultural traits into Chinese works of art as foreigners depicted with large eyes and thick curly beards have historically been a prevalent motif as early as the Tang dynasty (618-906), where the increased presence of foreigners inspired an incorporation of the image of the foreigner in Chinese art. Reference could be made to an unglazed pottery figure of a Central Asian mounted on a horse from the early 8th century, illustrated by M. Medley, Tang Pottery & Porcelain, London, 1981, p. 55, no. 45.

    明 銅鎏金胡人坐象
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