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PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF BUDDHIST FIGURES FORMERLY IN THE COLLECTION OF THE CHANG FOUNDATION

A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF MAITREYA
MING DYNASTY, 16TH CENTURY
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 187,500 USD
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PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF BUDDHIST FIGURES FORMERLY IN THE COLLECTION OF THE CHANG FOUNDATION

A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF MAITREYA
MING DYNASTY, 16TH CENTURY
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 187,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Bodies of Infinite Light Featuring an Important Collection of Buddhist Figures Formerly in the Collection of the Chang Foundation

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A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF MAITREYA
MING DYNASTY, 16TH CENTURY
the corpulent jovial figure cast seated and at ease, holding a small attribute in the proper left hand, the rotund belly protruding from a loosely draped robe with chased lotus meander borders secured at the waist with a tasseled belt, raised on a rounded cushion, supported on a floral scroll-decorated domed base, the reverse bearing a Tibetan inscription
Height 8 7/8  in., 22.6 cm
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Provenance

The Chang Foundation Collection.

Literature

Jintongfo zaoxiang tulu/Buddhist Images in Gilt Metal, Taipei, 1993, pl. 24.

Catalogue Note

The inscription in Tibetan script on the back of the base translates to 'He with everything in his left hand'. Typically, depictions of Budai Maitreya will show the god with a cloth sack that is filled with his worldly possessions. Despite poverty, his happiness is boundless and he is invariably depicted thus. The raised proper right hand of the present figure likely once held the top of a cloth sack, and the attribute in the opposite hand resembles a single jewel, symbolically his only possession.

Bodies of Infinite Light Featuring an Important Collection of Buddhist Figures Formerly in the Collection of the Chang Foundation

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New York