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

A RARE GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF A BUDDHIST HIERARCH
TIBET, 15TH CENTURY
Estimate
400,000600,000
LOT SOLD. 500,000 HKD
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3112

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

A RARE GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF A BUDDHIST HIERARCH
TIBET, 15TH CENTURY
Estimate
400,000600,000
LOT SOLD. 500,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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

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A RARE GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF A BUDDHIST HIERARCH
TIBET, 15TH CENTURY
seated in vajraparyankasana on an animal skin atop a double-lotus throne, the right hand raised before the chest in vitarkamudra and the left lowered holding a book, both holding curved stems of utpala or lotus which rise above the shoulders, each supporting a small flaming mandorla, cloaked in a robe with voluminous folds, the face with a meditative expression

Himalayan Art Resources item no. 68469
17.2 cm, 6 3/4  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.
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 49.
Franco Ricca, Arte Buddhista Tibetana: Dei e Demoni dell' Himalaya, Turin, 2004, fig. 50.

Catalogue Note

The Nyingjei Lam Collection contains a wide array of Tibetan portrait sculpture from the twelfth through seventeenth century. Without inscriptions or distinctive characteristics, it is often a challenge to accurately identify these figures. In the current work, the empty niches within flaming mandorlas atop the two lotus flowers may have held miniature deities or lamas, a rare and wonderful devotional element which may have held the key to identifying this person or lineage of this unnamed hierarch.  

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

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Hong Kong