1091
1091
A GILT-metal AND CLOISONNE ENAMEL STUPA WITH A SEATED FIGURE OF AMITAYUS

QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD

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1091
A GILT-metal AND CLOISONNE ENAMEL STUPA WITH A SEATED FIGURE OF AMITAYUS

QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD

Estimate
300,000400,000
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A GILT-metal AND CLOISONNE ENAMEL STUPA WITH A SEATED FIGURE OF AMITAYUS

QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD

the recessed shrine cast in gilt-metal and enclosed by an architrave, surmounted by a pagoda shaft decorated with horizontally raised bands, tapering towards a circular platform on which a miniature pagoda and base sits, surmounted by a pointed bulb finial, the shrine bearing a seated gilt-metal figure of Amitayus, with his right hand held in vitarkamudra and left hand resting on his lap, the face with a serene and meditative expression, wearing loose flowing robes and a beaded necklace across the chest, supported on a hexagonal pedestal decorated in cloisonn?enamels with lotus blooms on meandering leafy stems, the multi-tiered base of conforming section elaborately decorated with further scrolling lotus and gilt-metal lotus lappets and embellishments   


44.5cm., 17 ?in.
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Catalogue Note

Stupa are recorded to have been commissioned to bear small seated gilt-bronze figures of Amitayus, the Buddha of Infinite Life, of whom the Qianlong emperor was thought to be a temporal emanation.  A pair of massive stupa are seen flanking the main altar at the Pu-to-cong-cheng, 'Temple of the Potalaka Doctrine', dedicated at the Imperial Summer Resort in Chengde in 1770, illustrated in the catalogue of A Special Exhibition of Buddhist Gilt Votive Objects, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1995, p. 20, fig. 5. 

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