• Lot 223

    RARE STATUE D'AVALOKITESVARA EN BRONZE

    CHINE, DYNASTIE MING, XVIEME-XVIIEME SIECLE

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    RARE STATUE D'AVALOKITESVARA EN BRONZE
    CHINE, DYNASTIE MING, XVIEME-XVIIEME SIECLE
    Représenté assis en lalitasana, le bras droit posé sur le genoux replié, le bras gauche appuyé sur un accoudoir travaillé, la main tenant une fleur de lotus fleurissant le long de son épaule, vêtu de plusieurs jupes souples maintenues par des ceintures ouvragées, paré d'écharpes, de rubans et de bijoux faits de perles et pierres, le visage serein, le front portant l'urna, les cheveux coiffés en chignon, le front ceint d'une tiare dans laquelle se trouve une représentation du Bouddha, inscription dédicatoire apocryphe datée de la soixantième année du règne de l'Empereur Kangxi (1721) et incisée au revers de la jambe gauche, traces de laque or et rouge, socle en bois postérieur ; petits accidents
    Hauteur: 49 cm. (19¼ in.)


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    This bronze figure of Avalokitesvara is exceptional for the crisp and fluid casting and the realistic pose of the deity. The fine casting gives the garment material an appearance of fine gossamer quality. This is obviously seen in the depiction of the shawl which wraps around the arms and the crisply defined folds of the dhoti. The textile borders are also well rendered with finely chased varigated floral pattern comprising chrysanthemum.
    A closely related figure in terms of style and decoration is that of a lacquer-gilt bronze figure of Samantabhadra which was offered in our Hong Kong Rooms, 1 May 2000, lot 755. Compare also a parcel-gilt bronze figure of Manjusri dating of the 15th/16th century, sold in our Hong Kong Rooms, 26/27 April 1998, lot 612.
    The reverse of the robe falling down in front of the present figure is inscribed with a later documentary inscription which may be translated as: "In the sixty year of Kangxi (1721) this Wu Liang Shou (Buddha Amithada) was given to the scholar Chen Ban Yan". Documentary figures are rare to find. The quality of this superbly cast figure points to a special commission.

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    Provenance

    From a German private collection, acquired by the present owner in Copenhagen, 1972.


    Post Lot Text

    A RARE BRONZE FIGURE OF AVALOKITESVARA
    CHINA, MING DYNASTY, 16TH/17TH CENTURY