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    Sale 2126

    Masterpieces from the Zimmerman Family Collection

    15 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1

    A gilt copper figure of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara


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    A gilt copper figure of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara
    Nepal, 14th century
    Solidly cast standing in graceful tribhanga with his right hand lowered in a gesture of compassion, a diaphanous dhoti secured at the waist with a jeweled belt and with pendant hems flowing between the legs, a sash tied across his hip, adorned with armlets, earrings and a foliate tiara inset with hardstones, the face with a benign expression, the gilding partly worn to reveal a rich copper tone
    12 in. (30.5 cm.) high

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    J.J. Klejman, New York, 1969

    Pre-Lot Text


    Since we began collecting in 1964, we have had the pleasure of finding many wonderful pieces and of making new friends around the world. We are happy to have been able to play a small part in preserving this great art, some of which is representative of a Tibetan culture whose survival is increasingly threatened. We hope that these objects continue to be shared, through exhibitions, scholarly study and loans, with as many people as possible.

    Zimmerman Family; September 2008

    The name Zimmerman is forever connected to the best of Himalayan art. It all started with a mesmerizing experience at Stella Kramrisch's seminal exhibition of The Art of Nepal at Asia House Galleries, New York, in the summer of 1964. Jack was immediately enthralled, his wife Muriel's enthusiasm grew over time, and then the whole family partook in this passion. In many ways they were pioneers. It was still early days to be collecting in this field and they went on to assemble a collection of both Nepalese and Tibetan art of extraordinary quality and depth.

    We are honored that the Zimmerman Family have entrusted us with some of their most iconic and well-known pieces. We share their passion and hope that these powerful images, as eloquent and vivid expressions of deeply rooted beliefs in the Himalayas, will carry forth in new directions the truth, power and beauty they represent.

    Dr. Hugo Weihe
    International Director Asian Art
    International Specialist Head,
    Indian and Southeast Asian Art


    P. Pal, 'The Zimmerman Collection of Nepali Art,' Arts of Asia vol. 4, no. 5, September - October 1974, p. 44-50, illustrated p. 46
    P. Pal, American Collectors of Asian Art, 1986, p. 170, fig. 6
    P. Pal, Art of the Himalayas: Treasures from Nepal and Tibet, 1991, p. 51, cat. no. 15


    Newark Museum; Portland Art Museum; Phoenix Art Museum; Pittsburgh, The Helen and Clay Frick Foundation; Richmond, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; Pasadena, Pacific Asia Museum and Tampa Museum of Art, Art of the Himalayas: Treasures from Nepal and Tibet, January 1992 - October 1993, cat. no. 15