A large gilt and lacquered bronze Buddha 17th century
Lot 8104W
A large gilt and lacquered bronze Buddha 17th century
Sold for US$ 98,500 inc. premium
Auction Details
A large gilt and lacquered bronze Buddha 17th century A large gilt and lacquered bronze Buddha 17th century A large gilt and lacquered bronze Buddha 17th century A large gilt and lacquered bronze Buddha 17th century A large gilt and lacquered bronze Buddha 17th century A large gilt and lacquered bronze Buddha 17th century A large gilt and lacquered bronze Buddha 17th century A large gilt and lacquered bronze Buddha 17th century A large gilt and lacquered bronze Buddha 17th century A large gilt and lacquered bronze Buddha 17th century A large gilt and lacquered bronze Buddha 17th century A large gilt and lacquered bronze Buddha 17th century A large gilt and lacquered bronze Buddha 17th century A large gilt and lacquered bronze Buddha 17th century A large gilt and lacquered bronze Buddha 17th century A large gilt and lacquered bronze Buddha 17th century A large gilt and lacquered bronze Buddha 17th century A large gilt and lacquered bronze Buddha 17th century A large gilt and lacquered bronze Buddha 17th century A large gilt and lacquered bronze Buddha 17th century A large gilt and lacquered bronze Buddha 17th century A large gilt and lacquered bronze Buddha 17th century A large gilt and lacquered bronze Buddha 17th century A large gilt and lacquered bronze Buddha 17th century A large gilt and lacquered bronze Buddha 17th century A large gilt and lacquered bronze Buddha 17th century A large gilt and lacquered bronze Buddha 17th century A large gilt and lacquered bronze Buddha 17th century
Lot Details
A large gilt and lacquered bronze Buddha
17th century
Seated in dhyanasana on an integral lotus base and plinth, wearing simple robes with cast lotus pattern foliate borders, the robes open at the chest revealing a wan symbol, the rounded face with a serene expression with the hair curled in tight knots that surround the usnisa, each petal of the three layer lotus base cast with a lotus pattern in relief.
31 1/2in (80cm) tall

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Acquired by the Mauerer family in China before 1939 and thence by descent.

    This Buddha holds a myrobalan in his right hand, positioned in the gesture of bestowal, varadamudra. The myrobalan, or healing aruna fruit, and this mudra suggests the statue depicts the Medicine Buddha (Ch: Yaoshi Fo) or Bhaisajyaguru-- a popular deity in the Chinese Buddhist pantheon for those seeking healing from illness or pain.

    Two other large cast bronze Buddhas have been sold in our San Francisco rooms. See the statue most likely depicting the Amitabha Buddha with hands held in the dhyanamudra of meditation from the collection of Dino Bigalli, Maestro of the Chicago Civic and Light Opera, lot 8210 of sale 19433, December 20th, 2011. Lot 5056 from sale 20089 of December 10th, 2012 was another example of a massive cast bronze Buddha supported by an elaborate lotus petal throne, this figure displaying the bhumisparsamudra, and thus most likely depicting the historical Buddha Sakyamuni.
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