Lot 301
  • 301

A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF SHAKYAMUNI 17TH CENTURY |

Estimate
20,000 - 25,000 USD
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Description

  • Height 6 1/3  in., 16.2 cm
cast seated in vajraparyankasana with the proper right hand in bhumisparsha mudra, wearing a kasaya robe with dense floral scrollwork marking each patchwork border and hem, the dhoti gathered and pleated along the chest, partially covered by the outer layer of the robe draped over the left shoulder, the lower section falling in luxuriant folds about the legs, raised on a double-lotus base and sealed with a copper plate inscribed with a vishvavajra

Provenance

The Chang Foundation Collection.

Literature

Jintongfo zaoxiang tulu/Buddhist Images in Gilt Metal, Taipei, 1993, pl. 12.

Catalogue Note

As discussed in the Chang Foundation Collection catalogue, Jintongfo zaoxiang tulu/Buddhist Images in Gilt Metal, Taipei, 1993, p. 38, the Chinese translation for kasaya is futian ('happy fields'), perhaps expressing the ascetic monk's contentment with the bare minimum. A closely related bronze figure, with the hands in dhyana mudra, from the Munsterberg collection, is illustrated in Hugo Munsterberg, Chinese Buddhist Bronzes, Japan, 1967, pls 18a-b. Compare as well a related gilt-bronze figure of a Buddha attributed to the 17th/18th century, with the hands in dharmacakra mudra, sold at Christie's New York, 17th March 2017, lot 1031.
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