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

AN INSCRIBED BRONZE FIGURE OF SHARKA RECHEN
TIBET, 15TH – 16TH CENTURY
Estimate
300,000500,000
LOT SOLD. 475,000 HKD
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3105

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

AN INSCRIBED BRONZE FIGURE OF SHARKA RECHEN
TIBET, 15TH – 16TH CENTURY
Estimate
300,000500,000
LOT SOLD. 475,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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

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AN INSCRIBED BRONZE FIGURE OF SHARKA RECHEN
TIBET, 15TH – 16TH CENTURY
seated in vajraparyankasana on a double-lotus base with the right hand held in vitarkamudra and the left hand resting on the knee, the face with a joyful expression and framed by short curly locks and pendulous earlobes, adorned with jewellery including earrings and a necklace inlaid with semi-precious stones, clad in loose robes with incised borders and hems cascading in folds on the base, the reverse with a Tibetan inscription on the petals of the lotus base, the base sealed and incised with a double-vajra

Himalayan Art Resources item no. 68473

10.2 cm, 4 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.
Stable as a Mountain: Gurus in Himalayan Art, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, 2009.
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. 54.
Franco Ricca, Arte Buddhista Tibetana: Dei e Demoni dell’ Himalaya, Turin, 2004, fig. 53.

Catalogue Note

This charming ungilt bronze figure depicts a lama identified by a verso inscription as Sharka Rechen. This may refer to a fifteenth or sixteenth century figure in the Kagyu lineage also known as Sharka Rechen, the name of whom is preserved in the oral history of Chakrasamvara or Damchog Nyengyu, but of whose life little is known. 

Great attention to detail is paid in this remarkable portrait, including the mirthful expression, the short curly locks, the beautifully embellished details on the outer hem of the inner and outer robes and the meditation belt, and the personal accoutrements such as the inlaid-stone jewellery and mala or rosaries worn around the wrists.

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

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Hong Kong