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    Sale 12172

    Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art

    13 September 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 265

    A Sandstone Figure of a Seated Buddha


    Price Realised  


    A Sandstone Figure of a Seated Buddha
    Pre-Angkor period, Angkor Borei style, 7th century
    19 in. (48.2 cm.) high

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    Angkor Borei was an important early center of Buddhism and Buddhist temple construction before the establishment of the Khmer Empire. The present figure is characteristic of Angkor Borei sculpture, as seen in the subtle protuberance of the ushnisha and the large snail-shell curls. Sculpture from this early period exhibits the naturalism and grace that echoes the treatment of the body in Gupta-period India, where ornamentation is minimized to emphasize the smooth volume of the form. Note how the thin drapery closely follows the body, gently modeling the belly. For another example from Angkor Borei, this one a standing figure exhibiting the same facial features and treatment of the body, see H. Jessup and T. Zéphir, Millennium of Glory, Washington, 1997, pp.146-7, fig.no.2.


    with Spink & Son, London, by 1996.
    Christie's Amsterdam, 2 November 1999, lot 135.

    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Collection of Lawrence and Shirley Phillips


    Spink & Son, Legacies of Ancient Civilisations: A Selection of Indian and South-East Asian Works of Art, London, 1996, no.35
    S. Wattanavrangkul, Outstanding Sculptures of Buddhism and Hindu Gods, Bangkok, 2003, p. 136
    S. Little, "Images of the Buddha from the Michael Phillips Collection," Arts of Asia, Jan-Feb 2013, p.108, fig.16