A bronze figure of Samantabhadra Ming dynasty, dated Tianqi fourth year corresponding to 1624

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Lot 58
A bronze figure of Samantabhadra
Ming dynasty, dated Tianqi fourth year corresponding to 1624

Sold for US$ 23,750 inc. premium

Asian Works of Art

30 Oct 2017, 10:00 EDT

New York

A bronze figure of Samantabhadra
Ming dynasty, dated Tianqi fourth year corresponding to 1624
Cast holding a scroll with both hands, clothed in shawl and dhoti with swirling scarves, the chest hung with garlands of jewels, the face with a serene expression, framed by an elaborate crown and lotus blossoms issuing from the palms, the right blossom supporting a ruyi, the left a now-missing triple gem, seated lalitasana on a recumbent, caparisoned, celestial elephant with six tusks, all raised on a semi-ovular lotus base, the reverse of the base incised with a long dedicatory inscription.
18in (46cm) high

Footnotes

  • 明天啓四年(1624) 銅普賢菩薩騎象像

    銘文
    内官監太監紀進朝同兄紀仲奎發心捐造
    三大士菩薩韋李天王請在彌陀庵永遠供奉
    天啓四年九月吉日立

    The inscription may be translated as 'Central Government Office eunuch Ji Jinchao and elder brother Ji Zhongkui vowed to commission images of the three great bodhisattvas (Avalokiteshvara, Manjushri and Samantabhadra), and heavenly guardians Skanda (Wei Tuo) and Vaisravana (Li Jing), to be venerated forever in the Mituo Nunnery. Dedicated on an auspicious day in the 9th month of the 4th year of the reign of the Tianqi emperor (1624)'.
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A bronze figure of Samantabhadra Ming dynasty, dated Tianqi fourth year corresponding to 1624
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