A magnificent and extremely rare gilt-lacquered bronze figure of Dipankara Buddha Qianlong
Lot 357
A magnificent and extremely rare gilt-lacquered bronze figure of Dipankara Buddha Qianlong
Sold for HK$ 2,900,000 (US$ 373,817) inc. premium

Lot Details
A magnificent and extremely rare gilt-lacquered bronze figure of Dipankara Buddha Qianlong A rare gilt-lacquered bronze Dipankara Qianlong A rare gilt-lacquered bronze Dipankara Qianlong A rare gilt-lacquered bronze Dipankara Qianlong
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A magnificent and extremely rare gilt-lacquered bronze figure of Dipankara Buddha
Qianlong
The brilliantly gilded, finely cast figure depicted standing above a single lotus petal platform with downward lappets encircled by finely incised lotus scrolls at the footrim, adorned in loose flowing robes draping in undulating folds and incised at the collar and hems, right hand in abhayamudra and left in varadamudra, his serene facial expression with steadfast eyes and small lips, flanked by a pair of pendulous earlobes suspending heavy earrings, the hair bound in high chignon by an elaborate headdress featuring four flowery tips and a centralised sword trigram.
23.5cm high.

Footnotes

  • 清乾隆 銅鎏金定光如來旃檀立像

    This exceptional figure is remarkable for the quality of the casting, modelling of the features and richness of the gilding. It is a rare type, of which there only appears to be one other known example preserved in a museum collection, a similar figure preserved in the Guimet Museum, donated by D. David-Weill in 1933, and illustrated by Ulrich von Schroeder, Indo-Tibetan Bronzes, Hong Kong, 2008, pp.552-3, pl. 158F (fig.1).

    As noted by Mary Slusser, in Patan Museum Highlights, "The Dipankara Buddha is said to predate the historical Buddha in a world cycle long past and to have foretold his coming. He is sometimes equated with Adibuddha, the "original Buddha." Since about the 17th century his cult has been popular with Nepalese Buddhists who consider him a protector of merchants and associate him with alms-giving. One of Dipankara's local names, the "Samyak god", refers to an alms-giving festival where images such as this one are displayed, as well as images with wooden or basketry bodies and metal heads and hands. Basketry images consist of a large, hollow torso covered with clothing and ornaments capable of concealing a man who animates it in procession". (asianart.com).

    For another example of Dipankara Buddha sold at auction, see a 17th century Nepalese gilt-copper repoussé figure from the Sartin collection, sold in our New York rooms, 13 September 2011, lot 1005.

    定光如來又稱燃燈佛,梵文名「Dīpankara」,為佛教中縱三世佛之過去佛,於釋迦牟尼佛之前成佛,地位極尊。《增一阿含經》中記載定光如來曾在過去世為釋迦牟尼授記,預言他未來將成佛,是為釋迦牟尼佛授記之師。此尊定光如來旃檀像,一面兩臂,束髮,頭戴冠,身著長袍,衣紋呈U形從胸前散開,為釋迦牟尼及定光如來旃檀像的重要特徵,其右手結施無畏印,左手結與願印,蓮座蓮瓣飽滿,鑄造精良至極。

    定光如來之旃檀像在傳世品中極為少見,目前在法國吉美博物館中僅見一尊,由David-Weill博士於1933年捐贈,見Ulrich von Schroeder著,《Indo-Tibetan Bronzes》,香港, 2008年, 頁552-3,圖版 158F (fig.1),傳世品中的定光如來佛像,參看另外一尊Sartin舊藏,後於紐約邦瀚斯2011年9月13日拍賣,拍品1005,但為尼泊爾錘疊工藝,與此尊相比則相差甚遠。
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