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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 1399

    A gilt bronze plaque of a Kagyu lama

    TIBET, 14TH/EARLY 15TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A gilt bronze plaque of a Kagyu lama
    Tibet, 14th/early 15th century
    The lama seated in dhyanasana on a throne supported by leogryphs over a lotus, his hands in dhyana and bhumisparsa mudras, clad in robes with beaded hems, his contemplative face backed by a halo surmounted by Garuda, the round plaque with concentric lines and pointed finial
    6¼ in. (16 cm.) high


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    The concentric arches encircling this unidentified lama represent a rainbow motif unique to the Kagyu Buddhist artistic tradition. For a painted example of this motif, see S. Kossak and J. C. Singer, Sacred Visions, Early Paintings from Central Tibet, 1998, p. 89, cat. no. 17.

    Provenance

    Spink and Son, Ltd., London, by 1995


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION


    Literature

    Spink, The Mirror of Mind, 1995, back cover