• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 7762

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    3 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 280

    A RARE AND FINELY ENAMELLED FAMILLE ROSE PINK-GROUND MODEL OF A BUDDHIST STUPA

    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-95)

    Price Realised  

    A RARE AND FINELY ENAMELLED FAMILLE ROSE PINK-GROUND MODEL OF A BUDDHIST STUPA
    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-95)
    The shrine superbly modelled and brilliantly enamelled against a soft pink ground with stylised lotus blooms borne on meandering scrolls below monster masks linked by pendent beaded chains, surmounted by a lotus-lappet pedestal supporting a set of thirteen graduated Buddhist umbrellas, each tier with a narrow floral band, set atop with a skirted cap with a ribboned Buddhist emblem of the vase, the stupa supported on a square base decorated with bands of lappets and floral scrolls on a yellow ground
    17½ in. (44.5 cm.) high


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    Stupas were originally memorial monuments built over the mortal remains of the Sakyamuni, and other important figures. They represent the past and the present, and a symbol of Nirvana. The unique architectural form of the present example is strongly influenced by Tibetan characteristics. The square Mt. Sumeru base is Tibetan in style, while the rounded dome is Indian in origin. Above is the harmika, consisting of a conical spire of thirteen layers, symbolic of the thirteen stages of enlightenment.

    A very similar ruby-red ground stupa was sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 29 April 2002, lot 536.

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