Qing dynasty, 18th century The tiny figure seated above a lotus pedestal in dhyanasana, the peaceful expression flanked by pendulous ears and crowned by hair tied in usnisha, the loose robe draped across the slender body with the hands clasp together holding a bowl, all enveloped within a flaming mandorla. 13cm high.
The current lot would have been kept in a small travelling shrine or Ga'u box for prayers on distant journeys. Such boxes would have been often lavishly decorated in turqoise and other semi-precious hardstones to show the importance of these personal religious relics.
For other Ga'u box and covers with miniature Buddhas in the Museum Rietberg, Zurich, see Helmut Uhlig, On the Path to Enlightenment. The Berti Aschmann Foundation of Tibetan Art at the Museum Rietberg Zurich, Zurich, 1995, no.159 & 160. See also Nepalese Ga'u box examples sold in these rooms, 25 May 2011, lot 479-481.
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