Two rare Densatil-style gilt-bronze supports 15th century
Lot 258
Two rare Densatil-style gilt-bronze supports
15th century
£15,000 - 20,000
US$ 25,000 - 34,000
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Lot Details
Two rare Densatil-style gilt-bronze supports
15th century
Each cast with two elegantly-standing figures of four-armed Bodhisattvas atop a kalasa vase raised on a stepped plinth, delicately adorned with beaded jewellery and a tiara framing a compassionate face, their upraised arms supporting a waisted capital, the principal hands in mudras and holding various implements, fixed stands. The taller 28cm (11in) high (4).

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  • 十五世紀 丹薩替風格銅鎏金供養天女台柱兩件

    The spiritual teacher Pagmodrupa Dorje Gyalpo travelled to an area in Tibet near the Northern banks of the Tsangpo river in the 12th century. Pupils gathered at his side to form a simple monastery originally of grass huts, but after his death in 1170 the monastic complex was enlarged and a temple built; this became known as the Densatil monastery, a centre for the Kagyu sect.

    From the mid 14th century, Densatil was ruled by the Phagmogrupa family, one of the most powerful ruling families of the time. The family sought to extend its influence with a series of high-level gift exchanges with the Chinese Emperors, and eventually they came to rule almost all of Tibet. Their wealth and influence is attested by the astonishingly high quality of art produced under their patronage: the Densatil monastery became one of the richest in Tibet, and was renowned in particular for its metalwork and paintings by Newar artists from Nepal. Such pieces can be viewed as being as close to 'Imperial' commissions as was possible in Tibet at the time.

    The complex at Densatil was destroyed during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, but evidence of its artistic importance and influence can be seen in the records of the Italian traveller Giuseppe Tucci following his visit in 1948, and in the black and white photographs taken by the Italian photographer Pietro Francesco Mele who accompanied Tucci on the 1948 expedition; see P.Mele, Tibet, Calcutta, 1975. See the photographs of similar gilt-bronze supports in situ, illustrated by P. Mele, Tibet, 1969, pp.61-62.

    Compare a similar Densatil gilt-bronze support, 15th century, sold at Christie's New York, 21 September 2007, lot 126.

    每件台柱的兩尊四臂天女背對背站立於方臺承托的寶瓶上,雙手共同支撐束腰方臺座。頭戴寶冠,髮髻高聳,面含微笑,秀美祥和。綴精細項鍊、手鐲、腰帶等,疏密有序,整體造型完美自然,盡顯嫻熟工藝。

    丹薩替寺是帕竹噶舉派最早的主寺,又是從帕竹噶舉派分出的八個支派的母寺,宗教地位極高。帕木竹巴一名來源於藏傳佛教噶舉派創始人多吉傑布,因其在帕木竹建寺傳教,後被稱為「帕木竹巴•多吉傑布」。明代是帕竹政權的興盛時期,其勢力日益擴大的同時,亦多次受到明朝皇帝的認可和冊封,帕竹政權最後擴大至幾乎整個西藏地區。丹薩替寺佛造像風格特殊,其供奉形式不像一般佛像供在佛龕或神壇,而是供奉在舍利靈塔的塔身四周,其佛造像背面多帶有可能原來用於固定在塔身的固件。丹薩替寺佛造像以其優雅壯美的風格、極其精湛的工藝而聞名於世,且融入了尼泊爾在佛像藝術上華麗繁縟的特色,其造像可與宮廷媲美。

    丹薩替寺在文化大革命中不幸遭到破壞,當年攝人心魄的魅力現只能從意大利攝影師皮耶特羅·佛朗西斯科·梅爾於1948年走訪西藏時在丹薩替寺所拍攝到的實景照片裏看到。

    丹薩替寺佛造像傳世品十分稀少,類似的台柱可參看紐約佳士得2007年9月21日拍賣,拍品編號126;也見1969年梅爾拍攝的照片,《Tibet》,頁61-62。
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