A rare Imperial pale green jade figure of Buddha 18th century
Lot 159
A rare Imperial pale green jade figure of Buddha
18th century
£90,000 - 120,000
US$ 150,000 - 190,000

Lot Details
A rare Imperial pale green jade figure of Buddha
18th century
Seated in dhyanasana, with both hands in a meditational mudra and holding a small Buddha within a shrine, the flowing robes with long sleeves layered over a dhoti and draped elegantly over the lotus base, the face with peaceful expression, the earlobes long, beneath a head of tightly coiled curls with prominent usnisa, the stone of mottled pale green tone.
20cm (8in) high

Footnotes

  • 十八世紀 青玉雕佛像

    Buddhism flourished in China during the Qing dynasty, and during the Qianlong period in particular. This interest was not merely a pragmatic result of the desire to enfold Tibet more closely into the Chinese realms, but also appears to have stemmed from a genuine enthusiasm exhibited by the Emperor himself. Buddhist artifacts were consequently produced in large numbers for the Imperial Court, particularly for ceremonial gifts such as for the birthday of the Qianlong Emperor's mother.

    The popularity at Court of the form of the Buddha carved in jade is apparent from a number of examples of the highest quality surviving in the Imperial Collections, most notably in the Palace Museum, Beijing. See for example a fine celadon jade Buddha, of similar size to the present lot, illustrated in Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum: Jade 8: Qing Dynasty, Beijing, 2011, no.234, and other Buddhas illustrated ibid., nos.236-8. This Imperial association for such jade Buddhas is further evidenced by another related white jade Buddha from the Prince Kung Collection illustrated in the catalogue produced by American Art Galleries, The Remarkable Collection of the Imperial Prince Kung of China, New York, 1913, no.71.

    Compare also a related Imperial pale green jade Buddha sold in these rooma, 8 November 2012, lot 3.
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