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    Sale 2271

    Indian and South East Asian Art: Including Highlights from the Star Collection

    20 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1356

    A Gilt Bronze Figure of Kunzang Akor


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    A Gilt Bronze Figure of Kunzang Akor
    Tibet, 14th/15th century
    Seated in a meditative posture on a double-lotus base with his hands held together in his lap, clad in a closely fitted pleated garment, his elongated torso adorned with jewelry inlaid with hardstones, the Tibetan letter AH inscribed over his heart, his peaceful face flanked by dangling earrings and crowned by a high tiara
    7 7/8 in. (20 cm.) high

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    The Tibetan lettering on the chest, not found on Buddhist sculpture, indicates that this deity is from the Bon tradition. As in the present example, Kunzang Akor is generally represented with the Tibetan letter AH at his chest and hands folded in his lap. Often he holds the stems of two lotuses supporting a yungdrung (svastika) on the right and a vase on the left. Kunzang Akor is the meditational form of Shenlha Okar, one of the Four Transcendent Lords central to Bon tradition. For a closely related example, see S. Karmay and J. Watt, Bon: The Magic Word, 2007, p. 50, fig. 38.


    Hong Kong art market, before 2000