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A silver-inlaid copper alloy figure of crowned Buddha, Swat valley, 8th - 9th century | 斯瓦特縣地區 八至九世紀 合金銅錯銀佛坐像

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June 14, 03:20 PM GMT


60,000 - 90,000 EUR

Lot Details


A silver-inlaid copper alloy figure of crowned Buddha

Swat valley, 8th - 9th century

Height 16 cm, 6¼ in.

Himalayan Art Resources item no. 24310.


Statuette de bouddha couronné en alliage de cuivre incrusté d'argent, Vallée de Swat, VIIIe - IXe siècle


斯瓦特縣地區 八至九世紀 合金銅錯銀佛坐像


European Private Collection, before 1979. 

Japanese Private Collection, Tokyo, 1981.

Private Collection, acquired in December 2015.

Christie’s New York, 15th March 2017, lot 232.






Ulrich von Shroeder, Indo-Tibetan Bronzes, Hong Kong, 1981, cat. no. 12D.

Helmut Uhlig, Das Bild des Buddha, Berlin, 1979, cat no. 51. 


Ulrich von Schroeder,《印度西藏銅器》,香港,1981年,編號12D

Helmut Uhlig, 《Das Bild des Buddha》, 柏林, 1979年, 編號51.

Gilt bronze Buddha from Classic Chinese and Central & Southeast Asia, Kuboso Memorial Museum of Arts, Izumi, 1988, cat. no. 84.


《Gilt bronze Buddha from Classic Chinese and Central & Southeast Asia》,和泉市久保惣記念美術館, 和泉市, 1988年,編號84

The Buddha wears jewelled earrings, beaded bracelets, and a three-panel crown, common attributes in early Kashmir and Swat sculpture identifying the Crowned Buddha, together with the robe covering both shoulders and falling in closely ribbed folds across the body, the right hand lowered in varadamudra, and the left raised and holding the hem of the robe. He is seated on a floral-patterned cushion atop a tiered throne draped with a semi-circular altar cloth, flanked by forward facing lions on a stylised rockwork base, also typical of early sculpture from the region. An antelope with curved horns is cast in relief at lower centre of the base. Compare the posture and hand gestures of a seventh or eighth century Swat Buddha in the British Museum, in John Siudmak, The Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Ancient Kashmir and its Influences, Brill, 2013, pl. 139, and see Suidmak’s description of early Swat bronzes that accords with this example, ibid, pp. 297-301. The British Museum example has two antelopes with similar curved horns and a dharmachakra, referring to the Buddha’s first sermon at the Sarnath deer park. Here, the single antelope makes the same but more cursory reference to the deer park sermon. The rockwork pedestal is common in bronzes of the period, seen for example in the renowned early eighth century Buddha and stupas in the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller Collection at Asia Society, ibid, pl. 145. Compare the jewelled crown type with an early eighth century seated Buddha in Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, ibid, pl. 144.