3669
3669
A RARE LARGE GOLD AND RED DRY LACQUER FIGURE OF SHAKYAMUNI BUDDHA
MING DYNASTY, 16TH – 17TH CENTURY
Estimation
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Lot. Vendu 525,000 HKD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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3669
A RARE LARGE GOLD AND RED DRY LACQUER FIGURE OF SHAKYAMUNI BUDDHA
MING DYNASTY, 16TH – 17TH CENTURY
Estimation
400 000600 000
Lot. Vendu 525,000 HKD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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A RARE LARGE GOLD AND RED DRY LACQUER FIGURE OF SHAKYAMUNI BUDDHA
MING DYNASTY, 16TH – 17TH CENTURY
skilfully modelled and depicted seated in vajraparyankasana on a hemispherical base modelled around the sides with borders of lotus petals, the deity rendered dressed in loose robes falling in folds near the feet, the bare chest centred with a wan symbol, further portrayed with a meditative expression below thin arched brows and an urna, all below hair arranged in small pointed whorls and an ushnisha, the figure coated overall save for the hair with gilt-lacquer
72 cm, 28 3/8  in.
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Provenance

Christie's Paris, 13th June 2007, lot 114.

Description

It is rare to find a lacquered wood figure of Shakyamuni Buddha of this large size, preserved with its original lotus petal base. The technique of coating carved wooden figures with gilt-lacquer appears to have emerged in the early Ming dynasty and continued into the late Ming when this figure was made. Such lacquered wood figures imitate gilt-bronze figures. A highly-valued material, but significantly less expensive than bronze, such lacquer sculptures would have been commissioned and donated to temples by the gentry. See a related figure sold at Christie’s New York, 22nd September 1987, lot 351; and a figure sold in our London rooms, 17th November 1999, lot 711.

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