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A cast-bronze figure of Doumu Qing dynasty

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Lot 8035
A cast-bronze figure of Doumu
Qing dynasty

Sold for US$ 43,750 inc. premium
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A cast-bronze figure of Doumu
Qing dynasty
The 'Dipper Mother' (also Doulao Yuanjun) depicted standing in flowing robes adorned in elaborate jewelry and in tassels highlighted in gilt, her calm expression surmounted by a tall top knot without ushnisha and reversed by two human faces and a sow's head, holding an alms bowl and pointing with two fingers in the main arms outstretched in front of her while fifteen additional hands all held in the karanamudra of expelling negativity flare out on either side; all raised upon a lotus petal plinth.
10 1/4in (26cm) high

Footnotes

  • The sow's head discreetly cast to the back of the figure's head identifies the deity as the Daoist 'Dipper Mother' or 'Doumu,' as well as highlights her relationship to the Buddhist Bodhisattva Marici. The Museum fur Ostasiatische Kunst has a lacquer statue of this deity with a similarly rendered head and expression dated to the Song dynasty. See as well the Dehua porcelain version in the collection of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco which shares intriguing similarities in the rendering of the garments, as published in He Li, Chinese Ceramics: A New Comprehensive Survey from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (New York: Rizzoli International, 1996), pl. 681.
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A cast-bronze figure of Doumu Qing dynasty
A cast-bronze figure of Doumu Qing dynasty
A cast-bronze figure of Doumu Qing dynasty
A cast-bronze figure of Doumu Qing dynasty
A cast-bronze figure of Doumu Qing dynasty
A cast-bronze figure of Doumu Qing dynasty
A cast-bronze figure of Doumu Qing dynasty
A cast-bronze figure of Doumu Qing dynasty
A cast-bronze figure of Doumu Qing dynasty
A cast-bronze figure of Doumu Qing dynasty
A cast-bronze figure of Doumu Qing dynasty
A cast-bronze figure of Doumu Qing dynasty
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