• Indian and Southeast Asian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2195

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    16 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 796

    A large gilt bronze figure of Buddha

    NEPAL, 14TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A large gilt bronze figure of Buddha
    Nepal, 14th century
    Seated in bhumisparsamudra with the pleats of his robe fanning out beneath his ankles, the hems beaded and incised, the face with heavy- lidded eyes and raised urna, the tightly curled hair pulled over the ushnisha, topped with a knop
    16 1/8 in. (41 cm.) high


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Contact the department

    The manner in which this piece was cast combined with the fact that it is a depiction of a Buddhist deity suggest that it relates to a rare group of bronzes from the Khasa Malla Kingdom of West Nepal and West Tibet. The Khasa Mallas flourished between the 12th and 14th centuries and were great patrons of Buddhist art. During their reign techniques of bronze casting reached high levels of refinement, as is evident in the present piece; see I. Alsop, 'The Metal Sculpture of the Khasa Malla Kingdom', Orientations, June 1994, pp. 61-68.

    Provenance

    Acquired in Hong Kong, 1998