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    Sale 2389

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 November 2007, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1807

    A SINO-TIBETAN GILT-BRONZE STUPA

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    A SINO-TIBETAN GILT-BRONZE STUPA
    QING DYNASTY, 18TH/19TH CENTURY

    The reliquary is well cast on a waisted square section decorated in relief with confronted lions flanking 'flaming pearls', below a platform of five graduated steps, each of the four sides with a balustraded steps, leading to a domed stupa accommodating an image of Buddha set within arched niche framed by flame scrolls, all supporting a set of thirteen graduated Buddhist umbrellas, surmounted by a waisted double-lotus finial, below a crescent moon and sun symbol, variously embellished with semi-precious stone beads
    11¾ in. (32.4 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 and the tapered steps are 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.

    Provenance

    A Japanese private collection