An extremely rare gilt-bronze circular stand Early Ming dynasty
Lot 285
An extremely rare gilt-bronze circular stand Early Ming dynasty
Sold for HK$ 250,000 (US$ 32,225) inc. premium

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An extremely rare gilt-bronze circular stand
Early Ming dynasty
Heavily cast with a wide base and waisted mid-section, rising to a flat upper surface, the central frieze depicting double varja motifs between Buddhist lions, the mythical beasts standing on their hind legs with their frontal paws supporting the upper structure, between two bands of flower sprays on intricately worked dense floral ground, all framed within an upper and lower leaf lappets, the base sealed with an incised double-varja motif.
9.8cm high.

Footnotes

  • 明初 銅鎏金佛獅祭壇花瓶座

    Vajra is a Sanskrit equivalent of the Tibetan word dorje that represents both thunderbolt and diamond. As a ritual object, it signifies the impenetrable, unmovable, immutable, indivisible and indestructible state of enlightenment associated with Buddhism. A vajra cross, or vishvavajra, represents the principle of absolute stability, characterised by the foundation of the element earth. For detailed explanations on vajra and vishvavajra, see Robert Beer's The Handbook of Tibetan Buddhist Symbols, Boston, 2003, pp.87-92 and 95-97.

    The lion is believed to possess powerful protective benefits, symbolising blessings and high rank.

    Compare a pair of similarly shaped blue and white altar vase stands of the Yuan dynasty, illustrated in 'Yuan Ceramics: The Art Under the Mongols', Arts of Asia November-December 2006, Vol.36, p.88, no.6 (fig.1), explaining that the shape is clearly after metal tray stands from the Mamluk period (1250-1517) produced in Egypt and Syria.

    金剛杵,梵文 Vajra,藏文對應詞「多吉」,代表霹靂閃電和鑽石。佛教的金剛杵象徵著不可渗透 、不可撼動、不可改變、不可分割和堅不可摧的狀態,即佛教中的覺圓。交杵金剛或十字金剛杵(vishvavajra)更具有智慧通達四方、降伏頑冥之力量。金剛杵和十字金剛杵的詳細解說,可參閱Robert Beer 英文著作 The Handbook of Tibetan Buddhist Symbols,波斯頓,2003, 頁數 87-92 和 95-97.

    獅子被視為避邪驅惡的吉祥物,象徵位高權重、事事如意。

    與此相近的例子為一對元代青花祭壇花瓶座,見 'Yuan Ceramics: The Art Under the Mongols'(元代瓷器:蒙古族統治下的藝術表現),載 Arts of Asia 2006年11-12月,第36期,6號,頁88(fig.1),推斷該座的造型出自馬穆魯克朝代 (1250-1517) 的鐵盤架,產於埃及和敘利亞。
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