Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Art

His Holiness the Karmapa Comes to Sotheby’s for Asia Week

There are scores of depictions of holy figures on view at Sotheby’s during Asia Week, but on Friday we welcomed one of Tibetan Buddhism’s holiest leaders in the flesh. Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa Lama, was visiting the New York area as part of a Tibetan New Year celebration. The 32-year-old spiritual leader of millions stopped by Sotheby’s New York galleries where Asia Week, which covers 3500 years of artistic history across the continent, had just opened. He was especially interested in seeing the Ernst Collection of Himalayan Art, which spans the 12th to the 19th centuries and includes many Tibetan masterworks.     THE KARMAPA LAMA, PHOTOGRAPHED AT THE GUYTO MONASTERY. PHOTO BY TASHIIIII, WIKIMEDIA COMONS. His Holiness stopped in front of one magnificent 16th-century Thangka (a traditional Tibetan Buddhist painting) which depicts Palden Rinchen surrounded by a heavenly retinue that includes one of the Karmapa’s predecessors: just to the right, wearing the black hat that signifies his office, is Karmapa Rangyung Dorje. Elsewhere in the galleries His Holiness would have seen a pocket-sized Gilt-Bronze Figure of a Karmapa, perfect for a traveling lama; the present Karmapa lives mainly in India, but is on a plane all the time to visit his global following. Sino-Tibetan politics notwithstanding, the Karmapa also made time to tour galleries devoted to Chinese paintings and works of art.    A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF A KARMAPA, TIBET, 16TH/17TH CENTURY. For Anuradha Ghosh-Mazumdar, head of the Indian and South-East Asian department at Sotheby’s, the visit was an unexpected and thrilling encounter. “I cannot describe what it was like to be in his presence,” she reports. “He radiates inner calm, which comes with higher spiritual consciousness and control.” Ghosh-Mazumdar notes that the Karmapa is himself an accomplished artist, primarily creating thangkas. So he was able to appreciate the Asia Week objects from an artistic, as well a spiritual, perspective. “He loved the shows,” she concludes. “It was the most amazing thing ever.”      ANURADHA GHOSH-MAZUMDAR WITH THE KARMAPA. “WE ARE TRULY BLESSED.”   LEAD IMAGE: A THANGKA DEPICTING PALDEN RINCHEN, TIBET, 16TH CENTURY.

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Sotheby’s pioneered the field of Indian and Southeast Asian art establishing the first dedicated department in this category in New York in 1985, more than a decade ahead of our competitors. Sotheby’s has conducted numerous notable sales and offered renowned single-owner collections including: Indian Miniature Paintings from the Nasli and Alice Heeramaneck Collection, The British Rail Pension Fund Collection, the Bachofen von Echt Collection, the Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck Collection and the Collection of Paul F. Walter; and more recently, The Jucker Collection of Himalayan Paintings, The Speelman Collection of Important Early Ming Buddhist Bronzes, The Collection of Tuyet Nguyet and Stephen Markbreiter, The Tipu Sultan Collection and The Stuart Cary Welch Collection

This department handles works ranging in date from the first century CE to the 19th century heyday of the British Raj. The cultures and continents covered in our sales include a wide geographic swathe stretching from Afghanistan to Indonesia and from Mongolia to Sri Lanka. Our seasoned team of experts is based in London and New York, and works closely with key regional offices worldwide to source and sell the finest works to a global clientele spread across the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

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Sotheby’s pioneered the field of Indian and Southeast Asian art establishing the first dedicated department in this category in New York in 1985, more than a decade ahead of our competitors. Sotheby’s has conducted numerous notable sales and offered renowned single-owner collections including: Indian Miniature Paintings from the Nasli and Alice Heeramaneck Collection, The British Rail Pension Fund Collection, the Bachofen von Echt Collection, the Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck Collection and the Collection of Paul F. Walter; and more recently, The Jucker Collection of Himalayan Paintings, The Speelman Collection of Important Early Ming Buddhist Bronzes, The Collection of Tuyet Nguyet and Stephen Markbreiter, The Tipu Sultan Collection and The Stuart Cary Welch Collection

This department handles works ranging in date from the first century CE to the 19th century heyday of the British Raj. The cultures and continents covered in our sales include a wide geographic swathe stretching from Afghanistan to Indonesia and from Mongolia to Sri Lanka. Our seasoned team of experts is based in London and New York, and works closely with key regional offices worldwide to source and sell the finest works to a global clientele spread across the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

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If you wish to enquire about the possibility of offering a work in one of Sotheby's Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Art sales, please click here.
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Sotheby’s pioneered the field of Indian and Southeast Asian art establishing the first dedicated department in this category in New York in 1985, more than a decade ahead of our competitors. Sotheby’s has conducted numerous notable sales and offered renowned single-owner collections including: Indian Miniature Paintings from the Nasli and Alice Heeramaneck Collection, The British Rail Pension Fund Collection, the Bachofen von Echt Collection, the Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck Collection and the Collection of Paul F. Walter; and more recently, The Jucker Collection of Himalayan Paintings, The Speelman Collection of Important Early Ming Buddhist Bronzes, The Collection of Tuyet Nguyet and Stephen Markbreiter, The Tipu Sultan Collection and The Stuart Cary Welch Collection

This department handles works ranging in date from the first century CE to the 19th century heyday of the British Raj. The cultures and continents covered in our sales include a wide geographic swathe stretching from Afghanistan to Indonesia and from Mongolia to Sri Lanka. Our seasoned team of experts is based in London and New York, and works closely with key regional offices worldwide to source and sell the finest works to a global clientele spread across the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

CONSIGNMENTS

If you wish to enquire about the possibility of offering a work in one of Sotheby's Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Art sales, please click here.
NEW YORK:
+ 1 212 606 7304
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+44 (0)20 7293 6603