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A Silver-Inlaid Bronze Figure of Siddhartha, the Ascetic
Yuan / Early Ming Dynasty
Estimate
480,000520,000
LOT SOLD. 2,440,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT
224
A Silver-Inlaid Bronze Figure of Siddhartha, the Ascetic
Yuan / Early Ming Dynasty
Estimate
480,000520,000
LOT SOLD. 2,440,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

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Water, Pine and Stone Retreat Collection: Later Bronzes

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A Silver-Inlaid Bronze Figure of Siddhartha, the Ascetic
Yuan / Early Ming Dynasty
cast in the form of Prince Siddhartha as an emaciated ascetic, depicted seated with right leg crossed in front, the other raised with left elbow resting upon it, and with right hand clutching the left arm just below the elbow, his skeletal frame articulated by protruding bones, the serene, bewhiskered face tilted downwards, eyes looking at the ground in front of his bare feet, his lower torso wrapped in a pair of loose trousers falling just below the knees and tied at the waist with a knotted sash, the trousers inlaid with silver wire with a design of stylised scrolling lotus, the patina of a variegated, brownish-black colour with a tinge of green, the hollow interior with malachite-green encrustation
13.8 cm., 5 1/2  in.
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Catalogue Note

For a gilt-bronze seated figure, in a somewhat similar pose, see Sherman Lee & Wai-Kam Ho, Chinese Art Under the Mongols: The Yüan Dynasty, The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1968, cat. no. 18, where the authors discuss how it was produced by the 'lost-wax' method and argue that the quality and size strongly suggests that it was made for the court. See also a slightly larger gilt-bronze figure of Siddhartha, sold in our London rooms, 27th November 1973, lot 40, and illustrated by Ulrich von Schroeder, Indo-Tibetan Bronzes, Zurich, 1981, p. 528, pl. 150B.

Water, Pine and Stone Retreat Collection: Later Bronzes

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Hong Kong