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    Sale 2389

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 November 2007, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1808

    A RARE GROUP OF THREE GILT-BRONZE BUDDHIST FIGURES

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    A RARE GROUP OF THREE GILT-BRONZE BUDDHIST FIGURES
    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

    Depicting figures of Sitatapatra, Amitayus and the White Tara with seven eyes, each of the three deity is seated in dhyanasana, on a raised double-lotus throne with finely beaded rims, dressed in a striated dhoti with billowing sashes wound about the shoulders and arms, adorned with multiple nacklaces, large earrings, and a foliate tiara, the hair, hands and faces with cold gold and polychrome pigments, richly gilt overall, bases sealed
    4½ in. (11 cm.) highest, box (3)


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    During the Qianlong period new interest and demand for Buddhist sculptures emerged, with the Imperial workshops producing quantities of Tibetan style Buddhist bronzes of varying quality. Numerous Tibetan bronzes were in the Imperial collection and with Tibetan craftsmen employed at the Imperial workshops. The Imperial collection includes examples of Indian, Kashmiri and Nepalese bronzes, cf. Buddhist Statues of Tibet, The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, 2003. Some of these images were received as gifts from Tibetan emmissiaries, which served as prototypes for the revival of foreign artistic styles. The raised base with elongated waist and finely beaded rims as well as the treatment of the dhoti and jewellery followed Indian Pala period prototypes that are typically of similar small size. Compare with a wood shrine from Bishushanzhuang, the Summer Palace, bearing nine closely related gilt-bronze images of Amitayus, see J. Hsu, Tibetan Buddhist Images and Ritual Objects from the Qing Dynasty Summer Palace at Chengde, 1991, illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 92, p. 202.