• Indian and Southeast Asian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2300

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    23 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 222

    A Bronze Figure of Ratnasambhava

    WESTERN TIBET, 14TH/15TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A Bronze Figure of Ratnasambhava
    Western Tibet, 14th/15th century
    Seated in dhyanasana over a double-lotus base with a beaded rim, the hands in varada- and dhyanamudra, the palms with raised chakras, adorned with various ornaments inset with hardstones, the face with straight nose and heavy-lidded silver eyes, centered by a raised urna, flanked by large hoop earrings, the wavy locks of hair pulled into a high chignon and secured with a tall tiara, backed by an aureola inscribed with the eight auspicious symbols
    15 in. (38.1 cm.) high


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    The present example is from a set of the five symbolic Buddhas, also known as the Buddhas of the Five Directions.

    Provenance

    Acquired in Zurich, 1996


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Collection of Veena and Peter Schnell