• Japanese and Korean Art  auction at Christies

    Sale 2193

    Japanese and Korean Art

    17 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1141

    A Gilt-bronze Buddha Triad with Single Mandorla


    Price Realised  


    A Gilt-bronze Buddha Triad with Single Mandorla
    Three Kingdoms period (6th-7th century)
    Cast with the Buddha standing on a lotus base and two attendants all with hands in the gestures of protection (abhaya mudra) and fulfilling the vow (varada mudra), the mandala in the form of a lotus petal and cast with three additional Buddhas seated on lotus plinths in the pose of meditation linked by the halo surrounding the head of the Buddha, the mandorla further cast in relief with flames rising to the tip, the reverse gilded
    6 1/8in. (15.5cm.)

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    For the single-mandorla Buddha triad dated 563 in the Kansong Museum, Seoul, see Kwak Dong-seok, "Korean Gilt-Bronze Single Mandorla Buddha Triads and the Dissemination of East Asian Sculptural Style," in Washizuka Hiromitsu, Park Youngbok and Kang Woo-Bang, Transmitting the Forms of Divinity: Early Buddhist Art from Korea and Japan (New York: Japan Society, 2003), fig. 1, p. 86; and Kyoto National Museum et al., eds., Kankoku bijutsu gosennen ten/5000 Years of Korean Arts, exh. cat. (Tokyo: Asahi shinbun, 1976), no. 86.

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