Lot 116
  • 116

A LARGE CARVED WOOD FIGURE OF ANANDA MING DYNASTY

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30,000 - 50,000 USD
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137,500 USD
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Description

  • Wood
  • Height 54 in., 137.2 cm
finely carved standing upright, with hands joined in anjalimudra, attired in flowing long-sleeved monk's robes, draped with a kashaya fastened over one shoulder with a loop and hook tied with chords, the full face with downcast eyes and reverent expression

Provenance

Collection of Walter L. Price (1936-2014), San Francisco.

Catalogue Note

Ananda was one of Buddha’s first cousins, and of all the disciples, had the most retentive memory. Most of the sutras in the first part of the Pali Canon are attributed to his recollection of Buddha's teachings during the First Buddhist Council.

In the Chan Buddhist tradition, Kasyapa, another of Buddha's principal disciples, is considered the first Indian patriarch, and Ananda the second. The pair are often portrayed on either side of the Buddha. This arrangement is commonly found in caves in China dating from the Northern Wei dynasty (386-535), with Ananda standing to Buddha’s right and Kasyapa to the left, as seen in the Central Binyang Cave at Longmen, illustrated in Angela Falco Howard, Li Song, Wu Hung and Yang Hong, Chinese Sculpture, New Haven, 2006, p. 238, fig. 3.39. This standard iconographic arrangement continued through the Sui, Tang, Liao and Song periods, to the Ming dynasty.

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