1961
1961
A RARE PAIR OF CHAMPLEVÉ ENAMEL BUDDHIST EMBLEMS
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
Estimate
200,000250,000
LOT SOLD. 1,040,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT
1961
A RARE PAIR OF CHAMPLEVÉ ENAMEL BUDDHIST EMBLEMS
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
Estimate
200,000250,000
LOT SOLD. 1,040,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

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A RARE PAIR OF CHAMPLEVÉ ENAMEL BUDDHIST EMBLEMS
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
the two gilt-bronze 'bajixiang' emblems of the Conch and the Umbrella intricately cast in the round, each raised on a makara pedestal, the reclining beast rising from turbulent waves and balancing a large lingzhi-shaped cloud stem between its clenched teeth and uplifted tail, the cloud decorated in champlevé technique further surmounted by two rows of pink-shaded lotus petals, its slightly domed top centred by the two cloisonné beribboned emblems, the umbrella enamelled with pale yellow lotus blooms against a lemon-yellow ground and the conch in white
Quantity: 2
33 cm., 13 in.
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Catalogue Note

The Qianlong Emperor was a devout Buddhist and is known to have commissioned the making of a large number of religious artefacts for the Imperial temples and shrines located in the Forbidden City. He relied on the advise of his mentor and religious teacher, the lama Rolpay Dorje (see Teresa Tse Bartholemew, 'Sino-Tibetan Art of the Qianlong Period from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco', Orientations, June 1991, pp. 34-45). Rolpay Dorje became the Grand Lama at Beijing in 1736, and when he died, the emperor had a hall in the Pavilion of Raining Flowers (Yuhuage), the largest Tantric chapel of Tibetan Buddhism in the Qing palace, devoted to his memory. A complete set of Buddhist emblems, most probably made of gilt-bronze and enamel, can be found in situ decorating the shrine and altar on the third floor of the Pavilion of Raining Flowers and is illustrated in Cultural Relics of Tibetan Buddhism Collected in the Qing Palace, Hong Kong, 1992, pl. 109-1.

See also a comparable set of Buddhist emblems in gilt-bronze and cloisonné enamel included in the exhibition Buddhist Art from Rehol, The Chang Foundation, Taipei, 1999, cat. no. 68; and two cloisonné and champlevé enamel emblems of the Endless Knot and the Umbrella, from the Clague Collection in the Phoenix Art Museum, illustrated in Chinese Cloisonné, Phoenix, 1990, pl. 48.

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