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    Sale 7581

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Export Art

    13 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 158

    A FINE GILT-BRONZE MODEL OF BUDDHA MAITREYA

    QIANLONG (1736-95)

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    A FINE GILT-BRONZE MODEL OF BUDDHA MAITREYA
    QIANLONG (1736-95)
    Finely cast seated in dhyanasana on a raised double-lotus base with beaded rims, his hands in dharmachakra mudra, wearing long robes incised decorated with patchwork foliate designs, the face with a serene expression and richly gilt overall
    9¾ in. (22.2 cm.) high


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    The Buddha is shown here wearing a kasaya, a robe made from patches of cloth joined together. As discussed in Buddhist Images in Gilt Metal, Chang Foundation, Taipei, 1993, p. 38, kasaya in Chinese is translated as futian ('happy fields'), implying that "supporting monks is equivalent to planting fields".

    A gilt-bronze figure of Sakyamuni Buddha dated 18th century and wearing very similar robes is illustrated op. cit., p. 45, no. 15. Another larger (30.2 cm. high) gilt-bronze figure of Sakyamuni with hands in bhumisparsa mudra and inscribed with a Qianlong mark around the base is illustrated in The Asian Collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003, p. 98 (upper right). See, also, the large gilt-bronze figure (39 cm.) of Sakyamuni sold in our New York Rooms, 19 September 2006, lot 135.

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