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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 1387

    A Large Gilt Bronze Figure of Akshobhya

    NEPAL, 19TH CENTURY

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    A Large Gilt Bronze Figure of Akshobhya
    Nepal, 19th century
    Seated in dhyanasana on a double-lotus base with an inscription running along the lower rim and backed by a flaming torana and halo, his right hand in bhumisparsa mudra and his left in dhyana mudra cradling a vajra, clad in a robe with broad borders incised with a floral motif and Tibetan letters on the back, his upper chest bare and his eyes centered by a large urna inlaid with a hardstone, the hair in tight knots
    20 in. (51 cm.) high


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    The inscription reads, "To the Lord Bhagavan Buddha Akshobhya, I the Lady Nordzin Wangmo bow and go for refuge," indicating that the present example was commissioned by a noble lady of Shigatse or Lhasa for the purpose of purifying her defilements. The donor would have personally offered the hardstone in the urna, as it is customary for Tibetan women to offer a precious stone from their own jewelry to be placed on the sculptures commission.

    Provenance

    Hong Kong art market, before 2000