A COPPER FIGURE OF VAJRADHARA TIBET, 13TH/14TH CENTURY

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Lot 3208
A COPPER FIGURE OF VAJRADHARA
TIBET, 13TH/14TH CENTURY

Sold for US$ 23,750 inc. premium
A COPPER FIGURE OF VAJRADHARA
TIBET, 13TH/14TH CENTURY
Himalayan Art Resources item no.61517
5 3/4 in. (13 cm) high

Footnotes

  • 西藏 十三/十四世紀 金剛總持銅像

    The primordial Buddha seems eternally resting in meditation in this gentle figure. Vajradhara is the progenitor of the Vajrayana Buddhist system, typically occupying the first position in most teaching lineages. He represents the highest state of enlightenment, its abstract perfection, and the sum of all Buddhist teachings.

    The sculpture's distinctive petals, derived from Licchavi models, vaulted baseplate underneath, and the dark, copper alloy are indicative of an early and unusual style informed by Newari craftsmen working in Tibet, shared by examples published by von Schroeder in Buddhist Sculptures in Tibet, Vol.II, Hong Kong, 2003, pp.1156-9, nos.305D-E & 306E, and one sold at Bonhams, New York, 13 March 2017, lot 3024.

    Provenance
    Collection of Ben Meulenbeld, former Curator of the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, 1970s-2013
    Marcel Nies Oriental Art, Antwerp
    Acquired from the above at TEFAF Maastricht, March 2014
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A COPPER FIGURE OF VAJRADHARA TIBET, 13TH/14TH CENTURY
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