• Lot 346

    A sino-tibetan gilt bronze figure of Buddha


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    A sino-tibetan gilt bronze figure of Buddha
    18th century
    Seated in vajraparyankasana on a double-lotus base with beaded rim, his hands in bhumisparsamudra wearing voluminous monks robes laid around the waist in fan pleats, the rounded face with downcast eyes, acquiline nose and a bow-shaped mouth, flanked by long pendulous lobes, his hair arranged in tight curls rising to a domed ushnisha, the lotus-base on top incised with a Tibetan inscription: Samriddha, a further Tibetan inscription on the lower rim of the base: Byor Idan, followed by a Chinese inscription: Fugui fo and a Mongolian inscription (left): Buerin teg(K)uesigsen, a further Chinese inscription in the centre of the base: Da Qing Qianlong nian jingzao (Made with respect during the Qianlong period), the base sealed and incised with a double-vajra
    31 cm. high

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    The bhadrakalpa buddha (in Chinese: xianjiefo) is a group of one thousand or one thousand and five buddha that will appear during the existence of the cosmos. Until now, four of these buddha appeared: the last one was the historical Buddha Sakyamuni, the others are yet to appear.
    The four Buddha in the present and following three lots probably come from a collection of one thousand bhadrakalpa buddha that would have been placed in a separate hall in a Tibetan buddhistic temple.
    The stands of the buddha are inscribed with their names in Mongolian, Chinese, Tibetan and Manchu. These names correspond with the list of one thousand bhadrakalpa buddha that was put together by the polyglot and spiritual advisor of the Qianlong emperor Rolpao Dorje (1717-1786).

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    From an old European collection

    Pre-Lot Text

    The Property of a Private European Collection