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PROPERTY FROM THE NYINGJEI LAM COLLECTION SOLD FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE NYINGJEI LAM CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF SEATED AVALOKITESHVARA
TIBET, 11TH – 12TH CENTURY
Estimate
400,000600,000
LOT SOLD. 1,000,000 HKD
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3103

PROPERTY FROM THE NYINGJEI LAM COLLECTION SOLD FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE NYINGJEI LAM CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF SEATED AVALOKITESHVARA
TIBET, 11TH – 12TH CENTURY
Estimate
400,000600,000
LOT SOLD. 1,000,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

The Heart of Tantra – Buddhist Art Including Property from the Nyingjei Lam Collection

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A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF SEATED AVALOKITESHVARA
TIBET, 11TH – 12TH CENTURY
seated in the vajra position on a double-lotus base, the bodhisattva with the right hand held in varadamudra with a lotus on his palm, the left holding a lotus stalk along the arm to the shoulder, wearing a patterned shawl with finely detailed lozenges draped across the torso, adorned with jewellery including earrings, beaded necklaces, armbands and anklets, the serene expression with a downcast gaze below arched brows, below with a tripartite crown adorned with the figure of Amitabha in the centre, the high jatamukata with tresses falling to the shoulders

Himalayan Art Resources item no. 68436
10.4 cm, 4 1/8  in.
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Exhibited

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1996-2005, on loan.
The Sculptural Heritage of Tibet: Buddhist Art in the Nyingjei Lam Collection, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, October-December 1999.
Arte Buddhista Tibetana: Dei e Demoni dell' Himalaya, Palazzo Bricherasio, Turin, June-September 2004.
Rubin Museum of Art, New York, 2005-2017, on loan.
Casting the Divine: Sculptures of the Nyingjei Lam Collection, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, 2012-2013.

Literature

David Weldon and Jane Casey Singer, The Sculptural Heritage of Tibet: Buddhist Art in the Nyingjei Lam Collection, London, 1999, fig. 38.
Franco Ricca, Arte Buddhista Tibetana: Dei e Demoni dell' Himalaya, Turin, 2004, fig. 16.

Catalogue Note

Compare the tripartite crown, jewellery, posture, tubular limbs, and patterned shawl draped across the torso with illustrations on a ninth century Tibetan book cover depicting Buddhist deities; see Pratapaditya Pal, Himalayas: An Aesthetic Adventure, Chicago, 2003, p. 168, cat. no. 107 and also with illustrations on a Thakuri period manuscript, see Rob Linrothe, Holy Madness: Portraits of Tantric Siddhas, New York, 2006, pp. 184-187, cat. nos 2 and 3a-d.

The Heart of Tantra – Buddhist Art Including Property from the Nyingjei Lam Collection

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Hong Kong