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    Sale 2024

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    16 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 500 A

    A rare copper inlaid brass figure of Manjushri

    WESTERN TIBET, 14TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A rare copper inlaid brass figure of Manjushri
    Western Tibet, 14th century
    Expressively modeled seated in vajrasana on a separately cast double lotus base, his right hand raised brandishing the sword behind his head, his left hand in vitarkamudra holding a lotus stem flowering at his left shoulder, wearing a long smoothly fitted dhoti with incised hems inlaid with copper, multiple necklaces and armlets, his face with incised arched eyebrows and surmounted by an elaborate foliate crown topped with a flame finial, inscribed on the reverse of the head and back with the mantras aum ah hrih
    14 in. (35.5 cm.) high


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    The present lot was acquired by Dr. Foulkes, a member of the medical corps on the Younghusband Expedition to Tibet in 1903-4. For an account of the Younghusband expedition, see P. Landon, Lhasa, An account of the country and people of Central Tibet and of the progress of the mission sent there by English Government in the year 1903-4, 1905.

    Provenance

    Dr. Foulkes, acquired on the Younghusband Expedition to Tibet, 1903-04
    By bequest, English Private Collector, 1965
    Christie's New York, 3 October 1990, lot 160


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE GERMAN COLLECTION