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    Sale 2711

    The Imperial Sale, Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 May 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1856

    A RARE SET OF SIX EMBROIDERED ALBUM LEAVES

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    A RARE SET OF SIX EMBROIDERED ALBUM LEAVES
    QING DYNASTY, 17TH/18TH CENTURY

    Each exceptionally finely embroidered in satin stitch on a cream silk ground to depict the Buddhist Four Heavenly Kings, Dhritarastra, Vidradhaka, Virapaksa, Vaisravana, the guardian Veda, and three Arhats: one playing with a lion cub, one with a deer and the last holding an ewer; the silk threads in subtle shades of greys, browns, ochre and cream, with details highlighted in blue and red
    10 1/4 in.(26.1 cm.)x 8 5/8 in. (22 cm.) (6)


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    In the Buddhist faith, the Four Heavenly Kings are four guardian gods, each of whom watches over one cardinal direction of the world. Arhats signified a spiritual practitioner who had "laid down the burden" and realised the goal of nirvana. This set of six embroidered album leaves is part of the album depicting the Four Heavenly Kings and the Sixteen Arhats. A set of eight album leaves closely related to the present set, dated to Qing dynasty, is in the Beijing Palace collection and illustrated in Embroidered Pictures, The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum 52, Hong Kong, 2005, pp. 132-135, fig. 71 (see fig.1&2).

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    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN