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    Sale 2248

    Masterpieces of Himalayan Bronzes

    15 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 18

    An important and monumental gilt bronze figure of Buddha

    TIBET, 14TH CENTURY

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    An important and monumental gilt bronze figure of Buddha
    Tibet, 14th Century
    Seated in dhyanasana with his hands in bhumisparsa and dhyana mudra, his torso powerfully modeled wearing a tightly-fitted robe elegantly draped across his left shoulder, his face with a benign expression with large eyes and smiling lips flanked by long pendulous earlobes, his hair arranged in spiral curls, richly gilt overall
    56 in. (142 cm.) high


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    This figure represents the pinnacle of style reached by the 14th century, with tremendous power and presence, yet at once graceful and elegant. Given the large size of the piece, it was impossible to cast the figure in one, so it is ingeniously cast in sections and discretely joined. The drapery is treated with great delicacy, gathered in undulating folds across the shoulder, the toes and fingers are wonderfully pronounced and animated.