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A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF TSONGKAPA
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
Estimate
40,00060,000
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72
A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF TSONGKAPA
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
Estimate
40,00060,000
JUMP TO LOT

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A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF TSONGKAPA
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
the figure with downcast contemplative expression, wearing a dhoti, shawl and peaked hat, seated in dhyanasana  on a double lotus base, his hands in dharmachakramudra, the gesture of teaching
34,3 cm, 13 1/2  in. 
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Catalogue Note

Tsongkhapa (1357-1419) is a revered Tibetan religious philosopher, and a central figure of the Gelugpa sect that ruled Tibet until the middle of the 20th century. His importance is discussed by Patricia Ann Berger in Empire of Emptiness: Buddhist Art and Political Authority in Qing China, Hawaii, 2003, p. 60, who notes that he occupies the premier position at the apex of the top central medallion in five versions of paintings where Qianlong is portrayed as a lama. 

A related figure of Tsongkhapa was sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 28th November 2005, lot 1609. See also a much larger sculpture in the Folkens Museum Etnografiska, Stockholm, included in the exhibition Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred Art of Tibet, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, 1991, cat. no. 96.

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