• Indian and Southeast Asian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2195

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    16 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 764

    A rare silver inlaid bronze figure of Avalokiteshvara

    KASHMIR SCHOOL IN WESTERN TIBET, 10TH/11TH CENTURY

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    A rare silver inlaid bronze figure of Avalokiteshvara
    Kashmir School in Western Tibet, 10th/11th century
    Standing in a slight sway with his right hand extended and his left holding the long stem of an eight petalled lotus, clad in a dhoti incised with bands of floral scrolls and secured at his waist with a long sash, an antelope skin and a shawl draped over his shoulders, adorned with earrings, armlets and necklaces inlaid with silver, his face in a benign expression with inlaid silver eyes and urna centered on his brow, with his hair pulled into a high chignon secured by a tall crown with an effigy of his spiritual father Amitabha at center, with a lustrous deep chocolate brown patina
    15¼ in. (38.8 cm.) high


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    This is a superbly and elegantly executed bronze displaying characteristic Kashmiri features such as the large silver inlaid almond-shaped eyes and graceful modeling. Instead of a brass alloy typically employed in Kashmir, it is cast from a rich copper alloy. A related example is in the Norton Simon Museum, see U. von Schroeder, Indo-Tibetan Bronzes, 1981, p. 133, fig. 23E.

    Provenance

    Acquired in New York before 1972


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Manheim