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    Sale 12555

    The Imperial Sale / Important Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art

    1 June 2016, Convention Hall

  • Lot 3329

    A DEHUA FIGURE OF MANJUSHRI SEATED ON A LION

    REPUBLIC PERIOD, EARLY 20TH CENTURY

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    A DEHUA FIGURE OF MANJUSHRI SEATED ON A LION
    REPUBLIC PERIOD, EARLY 20TH CENTURY
    The elegant figure is shown seated on a lion and wearing loose robes falling to the exposed left foot, with hair separated into two knots which rest on either shoulder and holding a tied scroll in the right hand and rosary beads in the left. The back is impressed with a double-gourd Dehua mark and a square seal mark Xu Yunlin zhi, 'made by Xu Yunlin'.
    17 3/4 in. (45.6 cm.) high


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    Manjushri (Wenshu), the Bodhisattva of Wisdom, is usually shown seated on a lion and is often depicted in a triad with the Buddha Shakyamuni and Samantabhadra.

    Compare, a smaller ((34.3 cm. high) but similarly modelled Dehua figure of Manjusri seated on a lion formerly in the Robert H. Ellsworth Collection sold at Christie's New York, 19 March 2015, lot 408.