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    Sale 7621

    A Private English Collection of White Jade Carvings & Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Export Art

    4 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 51

    A LARGE IRON FIGURE OF KSITIGARBHA

    WITH AN INSCRIPTION DATED TO THE SECOND YEAR OF JIAJING, CORRESPONDING TO 1523, AND OF THE PERIOD

    Price Realised  

    A LARGE IRON FIGURE OF KSITIGARBHA
    WITH AN INSCRIPTION DATED TO THE SECOND YEAR OF JIAJING, CORRESPONDING TO 1523, AND OF THE PERIOD
    Seated in dhyanasana atop a double lotus base on a tall five-legged stand with floral band around to the top, hands held together in prayer, the reverse cast with short inscription
    23¼ in. (59 cm.) high


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    The inscription can be translated:

    The Monk Fo,
    Second year of Jiajing reign,
    Craftsman Li Cong Fu

    Evidence of the making of ironware in China is recorded as far back as the Shang Dynasty and techniques for making cast-iron tools, agricultural equipment, religious objects and weaponry became more and more sophisticated throughout the ages. By the Song Dynasty, when an "inner moulding" technique was developed, involving the insertion of clay or plaster into the mould, it became possible to make large cast-iron figures, which by the Ming Dynasty were made with great attention to detail. This is evident in the present lot.

    Pre-Lot Text

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