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A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF USHNISHAVIJAYA QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 81,250 USD
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270
A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF USHNISHAVIJAYA QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 81,250 USD
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A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF USHNISHAVIJAYA QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
the goddess seated in dhyanasana, the eight arms in extended positions and once bearing attributes, each of the three faces with painted eyes and centered by a third eye beneath a double top-knot ushnisha encircled by a pointed diadem, the thick tresses falling about the shoulders and the body richly adorned, wearing a dhoti gathering in thick folds about the calves, supported by a double-lotus base with broad, radiating petals, the base sealed and inscribed with a stylized double-vajra (3)
Height 13 2/5  in., 34 cm
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Provenance

Collection of Midwestern military family, acquired in Asia in the 1920s.

Catalogue Note

The Qianlong emperor embraced Tibetan Buddhism, and during his reign temples for esoteric practice proliferated, as well as statues to worship deities of the tradition. Ushnishavijaya (Chinese: Zun Sheng Fo Mu) was worshiped in the Ming and Qing dynasties as part of a trio of longevity deities. The Qianlong emperor erected the Xumifushou Temple, a replica of the Tibetan monastery Tashilhunpo, in celebration of his seventieth birthday in 1780, and dedicated the entire second floor to this goddess. Compare a figure of Ushnishavijaya, much smaller in scale but with similar modeling, offered in our Paris rooms, 15th December 2016, lot 115. 

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