A copper alloy figure of Shakya Shenyen Tibeto-Chinese, 18th century
Lot 3
A copper alloy figure of Shakya Shenyen
Tibeto-Chinese, 18th century
Sold for US$ 27,500 inc. premium

Lot Details
A copper alloy figure of Shakya Shenyen Tibeto-Chinese, 18th century A copper alloy figure of Shakya Shenyen Tibeto-Chinese, 18th century
A copper alloy figure of Shakya Shenyen
Tibeto-Chinese, 18th century
Seated on an antelope skin with his hands struck in a debating pose, his head turned to engage his audience with a knitted brow; a panel inscribed with Tibetan attached to the lotus base.
4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm)

Footnotes

  • 藏漢 十八世紀 薩迦申巖銅像

    The remains of the gold paint applied to the body and face highlight its contours and flesh tones in contrast to the smooth surface and deep brown of his robe and cap - a popular device in Mongolian and Tibeto-Chinese sculptures of the 17th and 18th centuries. For another 18th-century Tibeto-Chinese gold painted copper alloy sculpture of a pandita in a similar pose, held in the Hermitage Museum, see Rhie & Thurman, Wisdom and Compassion, 1991, p. 149, no. 37.

    This charismatic portrait is a superior casting. The debating posture and piercing gaze, is indicative of Indian panditas or scholars who were known for the early diffusion of Buddhist teaching in Tibet.

    The small plaque at the front of the base bares an inscription that is likely a misspelling of Shakya Shenyen (corrected དབུས་ཀྱི་སྣང་བརྙན་གང་རུང་།), an Indian Buddhist scholar (c. 7th-10th century).

    Referenced
    HAR - himalayanart.org/items/61404

    Provenance
    Sotheby's, New York, 26 March 2003, lot 80
    Private Collection
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