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A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF KASHYAPA
16TH / 17TH CENTURY
Estimate
15,00020,000
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316
A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF KASHYAPA
16TH / 17TH CENTURY
Estimate
15,00020,000
JUMP TO LOT

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A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF KASHYAPA
16TH / 17TH CENTURY
the enlightened figure cast standing with the proper left hand grasping the other in front of the chest, wearing a kasaya secured over the shoulder with a ring and cord, the ushnisha clearly visible above the characteristic furrowed and voluminous brows, the cheekbones, neck, and sinuous forearms reflecting the ascetic path, raised on a quatrefoil base above a ring of lotus petals
Height 6 3/4  in., 17.2 cm
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Provenance

The Chang Foundation Collection.

Literature

Jintongfo zaoxiang tulu/Buddhist Images in Gilt Metal, Taipei, 1993, pl. 69.

Catalogue Note

Kashyapa has been depicted from the Northern and Southern dynasties to present day as an old Indian ascetic, with a prominent cranial bump and long, unruly brows. He is identified in early texts as one of the Seven Buddhas of the Past, specifically as the third Buddha of the bhadrakalpa, or present era. Compare a bronze figure of Kashyapa, in the collection of the Tianjin Antique and Curiosity Company, illustrated in Jintong foxiang/Gilt Bronze Buddhist Sculptures, Beijing, 1998, pl. 23, with similarities to the present figure including a closely related quatrefoil base. A Qing dynasty kesi from the collection of Avery Brundage, now preserved in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, obj. no. B60.DI02, executed in the style of the Tang artist Lu Lengjia and dated 1744 by inscription, depicts Kashyapa in a very similar style to the present figure.

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