• Lot 433

    GRANDE STATUE DE GAUTAMA SIDDHARTHA EMACIE EN BRONZE LAQUE OR, NOIR ET ROUGE

    THAILANDE, STYLE DE RATNAKOSIN, DEBUT DU XXEME SIECLE

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    GRANDE STATUE DE GAUTAMA SIDDHARTHA EMACIE EN BRONZE LAQUE OR, NOIR ET ROUGE
    THAILANDE, STYLE DE RATNAKOSIN, DEBUT DU XXEME SIECLE
    Représenté assis en vajrasana sur une base ornée de cartouches alternant motifs d'épis et animaux, la partie frontale portant une inscription dédicatoire, les mains en dhyanamudra, vêtu d'un samghati plissé, le torse nu laissant voir les côtes et les veines, le visage émacié, les yeux mi-clos, le nez aquilin, la bouche charnue, les sourcils, la moustache et la barbe fournis, les cheveux coiffés en petites mèches, l'usnisha proéminent
    Hauteur: 99 cm. (39 in.)


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    The inscription can be translated as follow: 'the Buddha was made in 1918 AD for the mother of the donor, to gain merit and enlightenment'
    Images of the Emaciated Buddha are comparatively rare in Thai bronze sculpture and are modeled after Gandharan prototypes; compare to another large example sold at Christie's New York, 21 March 2001, lot 179.
    When Prince Siddhartha renounced all worldly possessions, he meditated and endured many hardships in order to attain Enlightenment. During a period of time, while poised in total control, he allowed himself only one grain of rice per day in order to purify his body and rid himself of worldly temptations. Reaching near starvation he realized the need of the middle path exercising moderation and reached Enlightenment shortly therafter.

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    Provenance

    From a French private collection


    Post Lot Text

    A LARGE GILT, BLACK AND RED LACQUERED BRONZE FIGURE OF THE EMACIATED GAUTAMA SIDDHARTA
    THAILAND, RATNAKOSIN STYLE, EARLY 20TH CENTURY