• Indian and Southeast Asian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2300

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    23 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 230

    A Gilt Bronze Figure of Dharmatala


    Price Realised  


    A Gilt Bronze Figure of Dharmatala
    Tibet, circa 17th century
    Seated in 'Royal Ease' on a pillow base, holding a fly whisk and bumpa, clad in long flowing robes, the face with heavy-lidded eyes, the hair pulled into a topknot, wearing a backpack, with a tiger on his right
    3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm.) high

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    The early Buddhist canon includes sixteen arhats, those who had attained enlightenment, who through their accomplishments had reached legendary status. Over time, other figures were added to the original group, including Dharmatala, the attendant to the sixteen arhats. Considered by some to be an emanation of Avalokiteshvara, Dharmatala's iconography always includes the fly whisk and bumpa.


    Acquired in Hong Kong between 1995-99

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