A gilt copper alloy figure of Shakyamuni with prabhamandala Tibet, circa 15th century

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A gilt copper alloy figure of Shakyamuni with prabhamandala
Tibet, circa 15th century

Sold for US$ 185,000 inc. premium
A gilt copper alloy figure of Shakyamuni with prabhamandala
Tibet, circa 15th century
Before an elaborate prabhamandala containing kinnaras with scrolling tails, rosettes and flaming edge, Shakyamuni Buddha is seated in the attitude of bhumisparsa mudra.
Figure: 8 5/8 in. (21.9 cm) high; Prabhamandala: 15 in. (38.1 cm) high

Footnotes

  • 西藏 約十五世紀 銅鎏金釋迦牟尼背光坐像

    The prabhamandala and Buddha appear to be original and the lower platform on which the Buddha would have been set is now lost.

    The prabhamandala relates closely to a Yongle mark and period example with an openwork cast design held in the British Museum (OA 1908.4-20; see von Schroeder, Indo-Tibetan Bronzes, Hong Kong, 1981, pp. 516-7, no. 144E). Their design, with bands of lotus stems, lotus scrolls, and flames, is preceded by a 14th-century Nepalese Lakshminarayan (ibid., p. 360-1, no. 96D).

    The figure and treatment of the lotus base compares favorably with a smaller Buddha formerly in the collection of Berti Aschmann sold at Christie's, New York, 13 September 2011, lot 314, and another sold 12 September 2012, lot 551. Rather than denoting Akshobhya, the vajra set before the throne likely symbolizes the vajrasana: the historic site of Buddha's enlightenment at Bodhgaya.

    Referenced:
    HAR - himalayanart.org/items/33011

    Provenance:
    Dr. med. Gerd Wilhelm Krüger, by 1975
    Thence by descent
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A gilt copper alloy figure of Shakyamuni with prabhamandala Tibet, circa 15th century
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