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    Sale 2711

    The Imperial Sale, Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 May 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1950

    A VERY RARE GILT-BRONZE SEATED LUOHAN

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A VERY RARE GILT-BRONZE SEATED LUOHAN
    YUAN-EARLY MING DYNASTY, 14TH CENTURY

    The figure is cast seated with legs folded under a voluminous robe secured with a floral clasp fastened at the chest, the face finely modelled with high cheek bones and arched eyebrows above well-defined circular eyes, the hair dressed into a topknot and swept under a turban covered by a cowl, adorned with floral earrings suspended from pendulous ears, one hand in Bhumisparsa mudra, gesture of 'touching the earth', holding a rosary in the other
    16 1/8 in. (41 cm.) high


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    The present sculpture appears to be unique. The floral design along the garment edges is related to Buddhist images of the late Yuan/early Ming dynasty such as the seated Siddhartha in the Cleveland Museum of Art, illustrated by Ulrich von Schroeder, Indo-Tibetan Bronzes, Hong Kong, 1981, p. 515 no. 143E.

    Provenance

    An American private collection