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IMPORTANTE ET TRÈS RARE PAIRE DE STATUETTES DE BODHISATTVA EN BRONZE PARTIELLEMENT DORÉ XIVE SIÈCLE | 十四世紀 鎏金銅菩蕯坐像一對 連 清十八世紀 漆金木雕須彌座一對| An important and very rare pair of parcel-gilt bronze figures of Bodhisattva, 14th century; together with a pair of lacquer-gilt thrones, Qing Dynasty, 18th century

Estimate:

500,000

to
- 700,000 EUR

Ancienne Collection Aristocratique Belge | 比利時貴族舊藏

IMPORTANTE ET TRÈS RARE PAIRE DE STATUETTES DE BODHISATTVA EN BRONZE PARTIELLEMENT DORÉ XIVE SIÈCLE | 十四世紀 鎏金銅菩蕯坐像一對 連 清十八世紀 漆金木雕須彌座一對| An important and very rare pair of parcel-gilt bronze figures of Bodhisattva, 14th century; together with a pair of lacquer-gilt thrones, Qing Dynasty, 18th century

IMPORTANTE ET TRÈS RARE PAIRE DE STATUETTES DE BODHISATTVA EN BRONZE PARTIELLEMENT DORÉ XIVE SIÈCLE | 十四世紀 鎏金銅菩蕯坐像一對 連 清十八世紀 漆金木雕須彌座一對| An important and very rare pair of parcel-gilt bronze figures of Bodhisattva, 14th century; together with a pair of lacquer-gilt thrones, Qing Dynasty, 18th century

Estimate:

500,000

to
- 700,000 EUR

Lot sold:

552,500

EUR

Ancienne Collection Aristocratique Belge

比利時貴族舊藏


IMPORTANTE ET TRÈS RARE PAIRE DE STATUETTES DE BODHISATTVA EN BRONZE PARTIELLEMENT DORÉ XIVE SIÈCLE

十四世紀 鎏金銅菩蕯坐像一對 連

清十八世紀 漆金木雕須彌座一對

An important and very rare pair of parcel-gilt bronze figures of Bodhisattva, 14th century


l'un représentant Avalokiteshvara assis en maharajalilasana, sa main gauche en avakasha mudra et sa main droite en bhumisparsa mudra, le visage arrondi et serein aux yeux baissés et illuminé d'un doux sourire esquissé de ses fines lèvres délicatement ourlées, les oreilles aux longs lobes embellis de bijoux, les cheveux coiffés d’un simple diadème décoré d’un ornement surmonté d’une représentation d’Amitabha, les cheveux retombant le long des épaules en de longues mèches, vêtu d’une fine robe monastique finement plissée et ornée de motifs floraux incisés en frise sur la bordure, nouée à la taille, laissant apparaitre le torse nu drapé dans un tissu croisé et prolongé en de longues écharpes enroulées autour des bras ; l’autre assis en maharajalilasana, les mains en vitarka mudra, le bras gauche reposant sur une sellette, le visage arrondi et serein aux yeux baissés et illuminé d'un doux sourire esquissé de ses fines lèvres délicatement ourlées, les oreilles aux longs lobes embellis de bijoux, les cheveux coiffés d’un simple diadème orné en son centre d’un ornement fleuronné, les cheveux retombant le long des épaules en de longues mèches, vêtu d’une fine robe monastique finement plissée et ornée de motifs floraux incisés en frise sur la bordure, nouée à la taille et couvrant les épaules, laissant apparaitre le torse nu orné d’un large collier ;


avec deux socles en bois laqué or de forme rectangulaire à ressaut central orné du joyau enflammé de Bouddha, flanqué de deux lions et de piliers en applique, de deux éléphants sur la largeur, entourés d’une double frise de cartouches polylobés et de pétales stylisés

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together with a pair of lacquer-gilt thrones, Qing Dynasty, 18th century


figures 40 cm, 15¾ in.

bases 19 x 36 x 25,7 cm, 7½ by 14⅛ by 10⅛ in.

像 40 公分, 15¾英寸

座 19 x 36 x 25.7 公分, 7½x 14⅛x 10⅛英寸

These rare figures are crisply and heavily cast. There are traces of polychromy to both figures. The face, the torso and the hands are fire gilt.


The left figure:

The head of the Buddha on the crown and some tips of the hair falling on the shoulders are missing. There are also some expected wear to the raised parts, and some scattered casting flaws, including one to the left leg and one to the lower back side of the figure.


The right figure:

There is a casting flaw to the back of the right hand shoulder, a casting flaw to the robe between his leg, and another casting flaw on the right lower leg with an associated crack extending to the upper leg. There are scattered holes/casting flaws to the lower part of the back.

Some of the tips of the hair falling on the shoulders are missing, possibly part of the attribute held on his left hand is missing.


Stands :

There are overall wear, age cracks and flakes to the stands. The pole to the back-right corner is missing for both stands, and some of the floral decoration around the lower border have detached. 


中文內容僅供參考,請以英文原版為準。此對坐像鑄工精巧,通體可見少許紅色顔料殘留。臉部、雙手及軀幹均為熱鎏金。

圖示左方坐像:頭冠佛首及兩肩數髮尖均缺失。邊角處均有磨損,屬正常。另見鑄造瑕疵,包括於左腿及坐像背部。

圖示右方坐像:可見幾處鑄造瑕疵,包括於右肩後方、雙腿中衣裳區域,及右腿下方一處並可見相關裂紋從上方延伸。背部下方可見幾處小孔/鑄造瑕疵。肩數髮尖均缺失。左手所持法器或有部分缺損。

彌座:通體可見磨損、裂紋及剝落,與年代相符,屬正常。各座一角落均有一柱飾缺失,最底部紋飾有幾處已與底座分離。


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This important pair of parcel-gilt bronze bodhisattvas may originally have formed part of a larger group of figures, such as the Eight Great Bodhisattvas. They are among the few surviving Buddhist figures cast in bronze made in the 14th century during the Yuan or very early Ming dynasty, a short period of transition in style and iconography in Chinese Buddhist sculpture, making the present pair of figures exceptionally rare and important. 


Both figures are stylistically related to Buddhist sculpture of the Song dynasty. A rare early example dated to the Song dynasty includes a small gilt-bronze figure of a seated bodhisattva, dated to the 12th/13th century of the Song Dynasty (AD 960 - 1279), in the collection of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, EA1956.1376. The small figure already bears the features that would become the hallmarks of Yuan and early Ming Buddhist sculpture, namely a fuller oval face, a bare chest with elaborate beaded necklace, a thin shawl covering the upper back and enveloping the shoulders, and a voluminous dhoti covering the lower part of the body from the waist to the ankles. 


The style of the two parcel-gilt bodhisattvas offered here represents an evolution from that of the Song-period sculpture mentioned above, and their salient stylistic features mark them as a generation later than that figure, placing them in the 14th century of the Yuan or early Ming dynasties. Among the few gilt-bronze figures of this period they are closest stylistically to a large gilt-bronze figure of Avalokiteshvara, sold in Poly, Beijing, 19th June 2018, lot 5172, and illustrated in Meinrad Maria Grewenig and Eberhard Rist, Buddha. 2000 years of Buddhist Art. 232 Masterpieces, Voelklingen, Edition Voelklinger Huette, 2016, cat. no. 59. Like this important figure of a bodhisattva, the present pair of bodhisattvas show the same stylistic traits. Their slim, elongated torsi are bare, one of them is wearing an elaborate bejewelled necklace suspending several hanging chains held together by a central ornament. A thin shawl is draped across their shoulders and on one figure is tied across the bare torso. Both figures wear high-waisted skirts covering the lower part of their torsi are tied just below the ribcage. They share the simple circlet-shaped diadem around the head centered on a single jewel, a feature that can also be found on a large bronze head of a bodhisattva, offered in Sotheby’s New York, 21st September 2007, lot 22.


Both figures are seated with their right leg pulled up, a posture rarely found in Chinese Buddhist sculpture, and exemplified in a gilt-bronze figure of Sakyamuni, in the Cleveland Museum of Art Collection, and a larger dry lacquer figure of Sakyamuni, from the University Museum, University of Pennsylvania, both published in Shermann Lee, Chinese Art under the Mongols: The Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368), Cleveland, 1968, cat. nos. 18 and 19. Another figure made in Qingbai Porcelain and representing the Water Moon Guanyin, dated by inscription to 1298 or 1299 of the Yuan dynasty, from the collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, is similarly seated resting the right arm on the right leg drawn against the body, see ibid., cat. no. 26.