A large gilt-bronze figure of Maitreya Mongolia, 18th/19th century
Lot 301*
A large gilt-bronze figure of Maitreya
Mongolia, 18th/19th century
Sold for £22,500 (US$ 36,232) inc. premium

Lot Details
A large gilt-bronze figure of Maitreya
Mongolia, 18th/19th century
The contemplative Bodhisattva crisply and expressively cast with almond-shaped eyes and a gentle smile, framed by a foliate crown encircling an intricate high chignon, both hands in dharmachakra mudra flanked by lotus stems supporting a chakra and and a water bottle, wearing an embellished and elegantly-pleated dhoti with a swirling sash around the shoulders, further adorned with delicately-beaded jewellery inlaid with hardstones, standing on a separate double-lotus throne.
29.7cm (11 2/3in) high (2).

Footnotes

  • 蒙古十八/十九世紀 銅鎏金彌勒菩薩立像

    For more information relating to Maitreya, please see footnote to lot 267.

    Compare the craftsmanship evident in a Mongolian gilt-bronze standing figure of Manjusri, dated late 17th to early 18th century, and a gilt-bronze figure of a seated Maitreya, 18th century, from the Zanabazar School, illustrated by P.Berger and T.Tse Bartholomew, Mongolia: The Legacy of Chinggis Khan, San Francisco, 1995, p.29.

    此尊頭戴五葉高花冠,耳際繒帶呈蛇形,頂結高髮髻,面龐方正,五官刻畫鮮明,面相端莊慈和。雙手結輪法輪印,肩側的蓮花上置有法輪和淨瓶,為彌勒菩薩的重要標誌。身着天衣和貼體長裙,更顯優美體態,綴連珠式瓔珞、臂鐲、手鐲及腰帶,嵌寶石立於仰覆蓮座上,蓮瓣飽滿有力。造像的臉部特徵及自然流暢的身體線條均體現了蒙古造像的精美風格。

    此尊的工藝風格可與贊巴學派的一件十七/十八世紀的文殊菩薩像和一件十八世紀的彌勒佛像作比較,見1995年三藩市出版P.Berger和T.Tse Bartholomew著《Mongolia: The Legacy of Chinggis Khan》,頁29。

    有關彌勒菩薩的資料,可參考拍品編號267的註腳。
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