• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 2297

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    26 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1104

    A RARE LARGE WHITE JADE FIGURE OF BUDDHA

    18TH/19TH CENTURY

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    A RARE LARGE WHITE JADE FIGURE OF BUDDHA
    18TH/19TH CENTURY
    Shown seated in dhyanasana with hands in dhyanamudra, dressed in long, flowing robes left open at the chest to expose an elaborate jewelled necklace and a waist-tied dhoti, the serene face with downcast expression beneath a large, protruding urna set amidst the whorls of hair, the stone of even pale greenish-white color; seated on a separate painted and gilt-lacquer wood lotus base set with a gilt-copper mandorla finely incised with scrolling clouds emerging from rockwork and crashing waves and inset with a ruyi head rendered in rose quartz, all enclosed within a reticulated border of the bajixiang and a narrow border of flames inlaid with traces of kingfisher feather
    The figure 9¼ in. (23.5 cm.) high


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    Buddhism flourished during the Qing dynasty, and was encouraged by the devotion of the Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong emperors and their successors. As a result of its popularity, the production of Buddhist statuary, ritual objects, vessels and other implements became widespread, and a variety of materials were employed in their manufacture. While jade was amongst these materials, large jade figures of Buddhist deities appear to be rare. See a much smaller (13.6 cm.), similarly dressed white jade seated Buddha, dated to the mid-Qing dynasty, in the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated by Yang Boda in Chinese Jades Throughout the Ages, vol. 12, Hong Kong, 1997, no. 103.
    Compare, also, a smaller (21 cm.) seated white jade figure of Pindola, formerly in the Nott Collection, illustrated in Chinese Jades in the Stanley Charles Nott Collection, West Palm Beach, 1942, pl. XII, where it is dated to the Jiaqing period. Of particular note is the similarity in carving style and the relatively broad features, which are also exhibited on the present figure.

    Provenance

    Stephen Junkunc, III.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTION