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    Sale 12168

    Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art

    15 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 307

    A Rare and Important Gilt-Resin Figure of Buddha


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    A Rare and Important Gilt-Resin Figure of Buddha
    Vietnam, 7th Century
    Finely modeled standing on a base in samabhanga with both hands raised in vitarkamudra, wearing a long diaphanous sanghati draped over the right shoulder with incised lines and border going down the length of his back, the face with refined features and a gentle smile, with pendulous earlobes and snail-shell curls rising over the ushnisha
    21 in. (53.5 cm.) high

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    This elegant figure of a standing Buddha is the product of a confluence of South Indian and Mon stylistic traditions. The slight physique sensitively modeled through slender forms, with delicate lines suggesting a diaphanous robe, echo Anuradhapuran forms. The snail-shell curl hair and physiognomy of the face speak to Mon influence.

    The Cham artists during the seventh and eighth centuries, well-known for their consummate repoussé skill, were drawing heavily from Indian, Sri Lankan, and Thai prototypes. Indian monks and brahmins oversaw the production of Buddhist icons in the Southeast Asian regions over the course of several centuries. This spurred the development of particularly refined repoussé technique in these workshops. The hammered sheet gold over a resin core enabled a precise delineation of details and facial features that are not achievable through solid metal casting methods. The details and fine areas were rendered through chiseling and chasing. The present example is rare for not only its superb modeling, but also for its size and state of preservation.


    New York market, acquired before 2000
    Private collection, New York, acquired 12 July 2002


    The Chinese Porcelain Company, Important Asian Art, 2000, pp.42-45, fig.12


    Important Asian Art, International Asian Art Fair, the Seventh Regiment Armory, New York, 24-29 March 2000