A fine and very rare gilt-bronze Densatil 'Buddha' frieze
Ming dynasty, 14th / 15th century
The rectangular frieze heavily cast in high relief depicting a series of seated Buddha figures arranged in six rows of size increasing towards the bottom, each seated cross-legged atop a lotus pedestal with the hands in dhyanamudra, the serene facial expression in deep meditation, framed by curly hair revealing the usnisha at the top, wearing a loose robe swung over the left shoulder partially revealing the bare chest, the central cartouche with a flaming mandorla, the sides cast with two elegant dancing goddesses playing drums, each standing atop a lotus lappet pedestal in relaxed dancing posture, wearing a headdress, large disk earrings, necklace and long dhotis with a sash leaving the chest bare.
37.8cm wide. x 9.5cm deep.