3687
3687
AN INSCRIBED MINIATURE GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF SHAKYAMUNI BUDDHA
MING DYNASTY, HONGWU PERIOD, DATED 1396
Estimate
150,000200,000
LOT SOLD. 237,500 HKD
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3687
AN INSCRIBED MINIATURE GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF SHAKYAMUNI BUDDHA
MING DYNASTY, HONGWU PERIOD, DATED 1396
Estimate
150,000200,000
LOT SOLD. 237,500 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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AN INSCRIBED MINIATURE GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF SHAKYAMUNI BUDDHA
MING DYNASTY, HONGWU PERIOD, DATED 1396
depicted seated in vajraparyankasana on a lotus base raised on a hexagonal plinth, the right hand held in bhumisparshamudra and the left in dhyanamudra, wearing a pleated robe falling in loose folds over his legs, with the undergarment gathered just below the opened chest, the serene face with downcast eyes and a meditative expression flanked by long pendulous ears, the hair punched with tight curls centred by an ushnisha with an ovoid jewel atop, incised on the reverse and around the pedestal with a long inscription dated Hongwu bingzi year (in accordance with 1396)
5.6 cm, 2 1/4  in.
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Provenance

Robert Bigler, New York, March 2013.

Literature

Robert Bigler, Art and Faith at the Crossroads, Zurich, 2013, cat. no. 26.

Catalogue Note

This small and finely cast gilt-bronze figure is one of the finest quality and best preserved of a group of small figures of Shakyamuni which can be securely dated to 1396. They relate to a larger standing gilt-bronze of Amitabha in the British Museum, dated 1396, that demonstrates the stylistic transition between the Yuan dynasty and later Ming bronzes. See Wladimir Zwalf, ed., Buddhism: Art and Faith, London, 1985, p. 208, cat. no. 300For other examples from the same group as the current figure, see one illustrated in Gems of Beijing Cultural Relics Series: Buddhist Statues I, Beijing, 2001-2004, p. 73, pl. 34, and another sold at Christie's New York, 18th/19th September 2014, lot 1023.

As translated in Robert Bigler, Art and Faith at the Crossroads, Zurich, 2013, p. 72, the inscription reads that the present figure was "commissioned by Zhou Fu to repay the Four Kindnesses (of mother, father, Tathagata and the teaching of the Doctrine)". He instructed the craftsmen to cast a total of 5048 gold images of Shakyamuni Buddha for the further spreading of the Law on an auspicious day of the 4th month of the bingzi year of Hongwu (1396).

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