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Gilt copper Buddha Shakyamuni with inset stones Nepal, Early Malla Period (c. 1200-1482) 14th/15th century | 尼泊爾 十四/十五世紀 鎏銅合金佛坐像

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250,000 - 350,000 GBP

Gilt copper Buddha Shakyamuni with inset stones Nepal, Early Malla Period (c. 1200-1482) 14th/15th century | 尼泊爾 十四/十五世紀 鎏銅合金佛坐像

Gilt copper Buddha Shakyamuni with inset stones Nepal, Early Malla Period (c. 1200-1482) 14th/15th century | 尼泊爾 十四/十五世紀 鎏銅合金佛坐像

Estimate:

250,000 - 350,000 GBP

Lot sold:

277,200

GBP

Gilt copper Buddha Shakyamuni with inset stones

Nepal, Early Malla Period (c. 1200-1482)

14th/15th century

尼泊爾 十四/十五世紀 鎏銅合金佛坐像


represented as a universal monarch according to the ancient Indian concept of spiritual sovereignty (chakravartin), wearing a regal crown in recognition of his Enlightenment. The familiar seated meditation posture (vajraparyankasana) with the right hand reaching forward (bhumisparsha mudra) recalls the moment that Shakyamuni called the earth goddess to witness his right to enlightenment, having resisted the demon Mara’s attempts to dissuade him of his worthiness to achieve such a lofty goal.

Height 32 cm, 12½ in.

Two hairline cracks to the right wrist, the longer, approximately 1.2 cm., long.

A dent behind the neck with associated small losses to gilt, approximately 2.5 by 0.8 cm.

Some of the stones are missing and overall with surface scratches and wear to gilt.


右腕有二細裂,較長者約1.2公分。頸後有一凹痕,連帶鎏金缺損,約2.5*0.8公分。部分嵌寶缺失,鎏金有劃痕、磨痕。


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby’s is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD “AS IS” IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Rossi & Rossi Ltd, London, 4th December 1995.

Rossi & Rossi倫敦,1995年12月4日

Jean-Paul Desroches, Two Americans in Paris, A Quest for Asian Art, 2016, Paris, no. 212.

Jean-Paul Desroches編《Two Americans in Paris, A Quest for Asian Art》, 2016年, 巴黎, 圖版212

From the Land of Asia, Pointe-à-Callière Museum, Montréal, 17th November 2016 - 19th March 2017.

From the Land of Asia, Kimbell Art Museum, Texas, 4th March – 19th August 2018.

《From the Land of Asia》,Pointe-à-Callière 博物館,蒙特利爾,2016年11月17 - 2017年3月19日

《From the Land of Asia》,Kimbell美術館,德克薩斯,2018年3月4 - 8月19日

The Buddha is modelled with broad shoulders and attenuated waist, wearing a diaphanous robe with incised floral and geometric patterns on the hem, and a jewelled pendant extending from the elegant folds of cloth at the shoulder: cf. this typically Nepalese attribute of a jewelled pendant on a thirteenth or fourteenth century Buddha from the Tuyet Nguyet and Stephen Markbreiter Collection at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, May 21, 2021, lot 103. The rounded face exudes a sense of meditative calm with narrowed downcast eyes, a finely modelled aquiline nose and full, almost smiling lips. The sculpture is quintessentially Nepalese, styled by a Newar artist, cast in pure copper, and richly gilded: cf. the sensitive modelling of face and hands and the powerful physique of the renowned Nepalese Early Malla period gilt copper standing Buddha, in J. Casey, N. M. Ahuja, D. Weldon, Divine Presence, 2003, cat. 39. The gilding is now rubbed in places from handling over centuries, revealing the warm tones of patinated copper beneath. The statue is cast in one without an integral pedestal, as is common practice in Nepal. A locating tang cast into the rim at the back of the statue would have facilitated its placement on a separate lotus base or within a shrine.