A SILVER AND COPPER INLAID GILT BRASS ALLOY FIGURE OF BUDDHA TIBET, 12TH/13TH CENTURY
Lot 3002
A SILVER AND COPPER INLAID GILT BRASS ALLOY FIGURE OF BUDDHA
TIBET, 12TH/13TH CENTURY
Sold for US$ 20,000 inc. premium

Lot Details
A SILVER AND COPPER INLAID GILT BRASS ALLOY FIGURE OF BUDDHA TIBET, 12TH/13TH CENTURY
A SILVER AND COPPER INLAID GILT BRASS ALLOY FIGURE OF BUDDHA
TIBET, 12TH/13TH CENTURY
Himalayan Art Resources item no.61534
5 7/8 in. (15.2 cm) high

Footnotes

  • 西藏 十二/十三世紀 錯銀錯紅銅佛坐像

    This early bronze commemorates Shakyamuni's victory over Mara. Silver inlay is used within the eyes to emphasize his enlightened awakening. The appealing proportions of the chest and head are complemented by a skillfully modeled lotus bud rising from the ushnisha. These features, combined with the distinctive base, point to a close relationship with the Pala style; a pair of lions support the throne in an intermediary layer with openwork patterns in the round. Openwork would have been unsuited to Tibetan ritual requirements for consecration, but at a later point, a rolled prayer scroll was inserted into the bronze's interior, and the base was fitted with copper consecration plates.

    This type of base also informed the early bronzes of the Kagyu order, evinced in portrait sculptures, before the double lotus format rose to prominence by the 14th century (cf. two examples recently sold at Bonhams, New York, 14 March 2016, lot 10 & 14 March 2017, lot 3233).

    Provenance
    Private West Coast Collection, acquired in London, early 1990s
    Private Collection, Los Angeles
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