A rare inscribed gilt-bronze figure of Yuanshi Taizun, by Chen Yanqing, Ming dynasty, early 15th century | 明十五世紀初 銅鎏金元始天尊坐像 《錢塘陳彥清造》款
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A rare inscribed gilt-bronze figure of Yuanshi Taizun, by Chen Yanqing
Ming dynasty, early 15th century
the reverse with a six-character inscription reading Qiantang Chen Yanqing zao, Perspex stand (2)
Height 8⅜ in., 21.2 cm
The proper left hand with losses to three of the fingers. Scattered minute dents and losses overall, including a dent each to the cheek, forehead, and backside of the left sleeve, as well as small losses to the tips of the crown. Overall with age-consistent surface wear to the gilding and minor casting imperfections.
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Private Collection, acquired prior to 1997, and thence by descent.