Chinese Ceramics & Asian Works of Art | 14 November 2017
A large bronze figure of Buddha, Western Tibet
Sold for £8500
A large bronze figure of Buddha, Western Tibet, 13th/14th century or later seated in padmasana on a throne, supported by a figure and paired lions and leogryphs, his hands in dharmacakra mudra, his eyes inlaid with silver and lips with copper, 38cm high
Provenance: By repute from an Indonesian collection formed in the 1970's and then by descent and to the current owner.
The unmistakeable Kashmiri influences on this image, exemplified by the treatment of the throne and the stylised folds in the Buddha’s robes, are an archaism arising out of visits by monks from Western Tibet to Kashmir from the 11th century onwards. Kashmir sculpture was itself derived from the western influenced Gandharan style, which is still evident here in the style of the outer pair of lions and the possible identification of the supporting figure as Atlas, who is often seen in Gandhara sculpture. The ‘Kashmir’ style persisted in Western Tibet until the 15th century. For an 11th century figure of Buddha in related style in the Ellsworth collection, see Marilyn Rhie and Robert Thurman, Wisdom and Compassion, no.137. For an 8th century Kashmir stone fragment in the National Museum, New Delhi, illustrating the prototype of the style, see Pratapaditya Pal, Himalayas: An Aesthetic Adventure, fig. 2, p.92.
13/14世纪 西藏铜佛 或晚
Catalogue amendment: "or later" added to description 或晚
The piece weighs 4733g
Base mis-shapen. Chip to front of left side of rim. Some wear and knocks, possibly old repairs to base. Base plate appears to be replaced.
Tuesday 14 November 2017, 10.30am
Friday 10 November
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Sunday 12 November
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Monday 13 November
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