A COPPER INLAID BRASS ALLOY FIGURE OF BUDDHA CENTRAL TIBET, 13TH CENTURY

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Lot 3209
A COPPER INLAID BRASS ALLOY FIGURE OF BUDDHA
CENTRAL TIBET, 13TH CENTURY

Sold for US$ 68,750 inc. premium
A COPPER INLAID BRASS ALLOY FIGURE OF BUDDHA
CENTRAL TIBET, 13TH CENTURY
Himalayan Art Resources item no.61519
4 1/4 in. (11.1 cm) high

Footnotes

  • 西藏中部 十三世紀 錯紅銅佛坐像

    Masterfully cast in the round, this handsome Buddha image of squat, robust proportions and swollen, symmetrically curving lotus petals follows a type frequently encountered in 13th- and 14th-century Central and Southern Tibet (cf. von Schroeder, Indo-Tibetan Bronzes, 1981, p.190, nos.39A&C.) The broad pleat of the robe across the shoulder departs from a thinner and more diminutive Pala style found in earlier, 12th- and 13th-century Tibetan copies (contrast with ibid., pp.179&289 nos.33F&G and 72C&G).

    The sculpture's size indicates that it was likely created for private use, and perhaps stored in a traveling shrine (gau). Its gorgeous buttery patina, and partial wear to the incised patterns of copper inlaid hems, suggests it has been the recipient of repeated ablutions. The ground lapis lazuli embedded among his spiky hair curls, and remains of cold gold in recessed areas attest to the object's veneration in Tibet.

    The consecrating baseplate bears a rare a distinctive engraved design, depicting the common visvavajra, here at the center of a lotus encircled by the ashtamangala, or eight auspicious symbols of Tibetan Buddhism: comprising the parasol, fish, vase, lotus, conch, endless knot, banner of victory, and wheel.

    Provenance
    Mehmet Hassan Asian Art, Bangkok, acquired in Hong Kong, 1998
    Acquired from the above, 7 June 2007
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A COPPER INLAID BRASS ALLOY FIGURE OF BUDDHA CENTRAL TIBET, 13TH CENTURY
A COPPER INLAID BRASS ALLOY FIGURE OF BUDDHA CENTRAL TIBET, 13TH CENTURY
A COPPER INLAID BRASS ALLOY FIGURE OF BUDDHA CENTRAL TIBET, 13TH CENTURY
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