• Indian and Southeast Asian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2300

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    23 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 251

    A Rare Zitan Wood Figure of a Bodhisattva


    Price Realised  


    A Rare Zitan Wood Figure of a Bodhisattva
    Tibet, 18th century
    Seated in dhyanasana on a double-lotus base with beaded rims, his hands held in dharmachakramudra, clad in a dhoti with a floral pattern printed in cold gold and draped in a long shawl with diaper pattern, the face with full lips and straight nose, flanked by large earrings and surmounted by a tiara, the hair pulled into a high chignon, with an inscription at the back
    6¼ in. (15.9 cm.) high

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    The inscription the reverse reads rdo leg pa la na mo, which translates to "Salutations to Dorje Legpa!"


    Julius Carlebach, New York, 1949
    Private New Jersey Collection